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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 16, 2015 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
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Iowa DCI Arrests Former Garwin City Clerk

GARWIN, Iowa -- On June 16, 2015, Special Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation-Major Crimes Unit (DCI), in conjunction with Deputies of the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Anna Lori Leytham of Garwin, Iowa.  Leytham, 51, Garwin’s former City Clerk, was arrested at her residence in Garwin, Iowa.  She has been charged with:  Five (5) counts of Theft 1st Degree and One (1) count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct. 

In July 2014, the DCI was asked to investigate a possible embezzlement when it was discovered Garwin city funds were used to pay for Leytham’s personal credit cards, while serving as City Clerk.  Leytham served as City Clerk from 1998-2013.  She resigned from her position in early 2014. 

An audit was conducted by Iowa’s Office of Auditor of State.  Their investigation identified $555,763.66 of improper disbursements to include 235 checks or electronic payments totaling $404,101.12 on personal credit card accounts.  Of the 235 payments, 203 were traced to credit card statements of Anna Leytham.  In addition, improper disbursements were identified to include $145,224.38 of payments Leytham issued to herself.  Specifically, she issued 107 checks totaling $68,419.04 to herself, which were in addition to her payroll checks.

For more on the audit report, please refer to the State of Iowa-Auditor of State’s website:www.auditor.iowa.gov.

Leytham’s initial appearance is scheduled for June 17, 2015 at the Tama County Courthouse.

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Rahn, (563)370-5109.

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

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