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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Former Sioux County Employee Arrested for Theft

Sioux County, IOWA – Late this morning, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 39 year old Wendi Kats was arrested on a charge of Theft 2nd degree, a Class D felony.  Kats is a former Sioux County Treasurer’s Office employee.

The criminal charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Auditor’s Office.  The investigation was initiated when it was discovered that funds were missing from the Treasurer's Office in Sioux County.  According to the State Auditor’s Report, a total of 5 deposits totaling $4,252 in cash and checks were missing between the dates of July 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. The deposits were for fees due to the Iowa Department of Transportation for issuance of driver’s licenses and non-operator identification cards through the Sioux County Treasurer’s office.

Criminal Complaint

This afternoon Kats was released from the Sioux County Jail on her own recognizance.

Kats currently resides in Hull, Iowa.

Wendi Kats, 39 years

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and any suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

For questions, contact Assistant Director Charis Paulson at (515) 725-6015.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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