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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Saturday, March 20, 2013 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

New Iowa Financial Investigation Team to Hold Press Conference; Disclose Details on First Case, Arrests

Nevada, IOWA --- Early this morning, teams of law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies executed several search warrants for a large-scale theft and money laundering investigation involving a former Department of Transportation (DOT) employee.  The employee and several associates are accused of misusing DOT resources for personal, financial gain.

Members of the media and public are invited to attend today’s press conference to learn more about the alleged crimes and the newly created Iowa Financial Investigation Team (IFIT).

WHAT: Press Conference on Operation Landlord
   
WHEN: TODAY!
  Saturday, April 20, 2013
  3:30 PM
   
WHERE: Nevada Police Department
  1209 6th Street
  Nevada, IA 50201
   
WHO: Assistant Director Gerard Meyers, DCI
  Director Paul Trombino, Iowa DOT

This large scale investigation and resulting search warrants and arrests were executed by a team of investigators from multiple agencies.  As crimes like fraud, money laundering and theft continue through the use of online banking, the internet, and traditional means of concealment, IFIT will strive to investigate the misuse of both public and private monies.  Participating agencies include: Iowa Attorney General’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office-Southern District of Iowa, State of Iowa Auditor’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Insurance Fraud Bureau, Iowa Division of Banking, US Postal Inspection Service and the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Also assisting in today’s enforcement efforts are the Nevada Police Department, Story County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux City Police Department, Ankeny Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

For questions, call Communications Manager Jessica Lown at 515-208-7679.

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