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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Bremer County Recorder Charged for Taking Funds Intended for the County

Bremer County, Iowa --- Today, Special Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Investigators with the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office arrested 59 year old Donna Ellison.  Ellison was charged with Felonious Misconduct in Office and Theft in the 3rd Degree.

Ellison has been employed as the Bremer County Recorder since 1995.

In early December, 2012, Bremer County Officials requested the assistance of DCI in examining the suspected theft of funds from the County Recorder’s Office.  After interviews with witnesses and an audit of office records, investigators determined that between May, 2012 and February, 2013 Ellison had taken approximately $524.75 from funds that were collected by the Recorder’s office.  Additionally, investigators determined that Ellison had altered an office ledger and computer system to disguise her activity.

Donna Ellison
Donna Ellison, 59 years

Complaint & Affidavit

Ellison appeared before and judge this afternoon and was then released on her own recognizance.

All questions related to the employment of an elected official should be referred to Bremer County Attorney Kasey Wadding.

For additional question related to the investigation and subsequent arrest, please contact Jessica Lown at 515-208-7679.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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

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