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Iowa state audit finds evidence of malfeasance in Clutier

DES MOINES (AP) — A special investigation into concerns of malfeasance in the east-central city of Clutier turned up more than $100,000 in improper and unsupported spending of public money and undeposited collections, state officials said.

State Auditor Rob Sand said in a new report that the audit looked at the handling of city finances by former City Clerk Keri Kopriva from 2015 through the beginning of 2019. The investigation found $64,530 in improper disbursements, $9,209 in unsupported disbursements and $43,450 in undeposited utility collections. The report found much of the misspending included direct payments to Kopriva and unauthorized purchases on the city’s credit card.

The more than $43,000 in undeposited utility collections is an estimate garnered by comparing the average cash utility collections deposited during Kopriva’s tenure to the average deposited after her employment, Sand said.

Copies of the report were filed with the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Tama County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Sand said.

A publicly-listed telephone number for Kopriva was no longer in service Tuesday, and she could not be reached for comment.