Iowa woman accused of embezzling to be sentenced

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NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — An April sentencing has been scheduled for a former secretary at a central Iowa soil and water conservation district accused of embezzlement.

Jasper County District Court records say 39-year-old Jessica Rutter, of Newton, pleaded guilty to a theft charge. Her sentencing is set for April 15.

Her arrest followed a state audit in which auditors said Rutter acknowledged writing checks to herself that would typically double her pay from the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District. Auditors found 23 unauthorized checks were issued between 2015 and 2017 that amounted to nearly $20,000.

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