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Iowa casino worker facing felony charge for alleged $10K theft

Despite the adage "innocent until proven guilty," even being accused of a crime often has serious repercussions on a person's life. For this reason, individuals who find themselves facing felony charges often choose to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Taking immediate action to seek the support of a criminal defense professional often proves key to securing the most favorable outcome under any given set of circumstances.

An Iowa man was recently arrested on theft charges. The 32-year-old was accused of taking money from the casino where he was employed. Court records allege that he removed cash from the main bank area when he was working alone at approximately 4:45 one Saturday morning.

Get the facts on Iowa drug possession or trafficking of marijuana

With the many recent changes in laws in some states surrounding the usage of marijuana -- both medical and recreational -- residents of Iowa may be curious as to how they are affected. In 2014, Iowa did become one of only a handful of states at the time to legalize the possession and use of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of marijuana. However, even this remains subject to strict limitations. With few highly regulated exceptions, the substance is illegal, and individuals accused of having marijuana on their persons could find themselves facing charges of drug possession or trafficking.

Drug trafficking -- a legal term for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and selling marijuana or other illicit substances -- is treated as a felony in Iowa. As such, it is punishable by prison sentences of up to 50 years. Various factors, including the location of the alleged sale, the amount of the substance and any prior history of criminal activity on the part of the accused are all factors that a judge will take into consideration for sentencing a defendant found guilty of marijuana trafficking.

Iowa woman accused of embezzlement of over $24,000

When someone in Iowa stands accused of a white collar crime, the investigation is an altogether different type than what might be involved in, say, a home burglary. There are rarely witnesses, fingerprints or other types of physical evidence. Rather, the investigation generally involves officials trying to build a case based mostly around paperwork. Such appears to be the situation in Iowa, where a woman is facing embezzlement charges.

The former business office manager stands accused of embezzling over $24,000 from her employer. Allegations claim that during the period between Jan. 2014 and Aug. 2016, she turned in fraudulent time cards, which resulted in overpayments totaling more than $10,000, as well as submitted documents with inaccurate accounts of hours worked and overtime owed. Additionally, the investigation claims the woman used a company credit card to pay for a variety of personal items and wrote unauthorized company checks to reimburse herself for similar personal purchases.

A guilty plea to Iowa criminal charges doesn't always mean guilt

Just because an Iowa resident pleads guilty in court doesn't necessarily mean that he or she is, in fact, guilty of illegal activity. Unfair as it may seem, it is not uncommon for individuals facing criminal charges to decide they would prefer to plead guilty, as doing so may result in a much quicker legal process. Additionally, the sentences for pleading guilty are often more lenient than if a defendant had chosen to plead innocent and then been convicted anyway.

An Iowa woman has recently filed a notice that she intends to plead guilty to the fraud charges she is facing. According to official reports, the woman stands accused of a federal charge of filing fraudulent invoices for highway project materials. This allegedly resulted in more than $800,000 in overcharges to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowa man arrested on forgery charges, a class D felony

Felonies are a type of crime generally considered less violent or dangerous; in fact, while obviously illegal, some felonies are what many might term a "victimless" crime. In Iowa, even within the umbrella felony grouping, there is still a wide assortment of crimes, ranging from Class A felonies all the way down to Class D, the least serious. Though Class D felonies are sometimes considered minimal, they are still felonies and are thus subject to any and all potential attendant penalties.

An Iowa man was recently arrested on charges of forgery, a class D felony. The arrest was following a police investigation into a case involving a $2,000 insurance check. Investigating officials were advised that the stolen check had been forged and deposited at an ATM at the United Bank in Iowa.

Iowa mother and son enter differing pleas to drug charge

Just because someone pleads guilty to criminal charges in Iowa doesn't necessarily mean he or she actually is guilty. Accused individuals may plead guilty for crimes they didn't commit for any number of reasons, such as to avoid the potential for a significantly longer sentence. Especially with the laws and regulations surrounding marijuana so in flux currently on a nationwide level, it's difficult to guess what sentence might be forthcoming for a drug charge like marijuana possession, if the accused was found guilty.

A recent case in Iowa involves such charges against two individuals, a mother and son. The pair were arrested on March 30 on accusations of growing marijuana after local Sheriff's deputies searched their home. Allegedly, the deputies discovered marijuana plants, growing lamps and other necessary supplies, which the 34-year-old son stands accused of purchasing using his grandfather's credit card.

Iowa man accused of stealing motorcycle faces felony charges

Sometimes, all it takes for an individual's life to change is the mere accusation of a crime. Especially for anyone unfamiliar with the legal system, being charged with a felony and arrested can be an unsettling and frightening experience. It may be even more upsetting if the situation is one in which it's one person's word against another, with little other apparent evidence.

A recent case in Iowa involves a man who was apparently arrested on the word of two people. Witnesses claim they saw a man riding away from a residence on a motorcycle. The Harley, valued at $11,000, was supposedly stolen when someone broke into a garage using a crowbar on a padlock.

Iowa men facing felony charges over stolen walnut trees

Recently, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported the theft of nine walnut trees from a state forest. The two men who have since been accused of the crime have since turned themselves in to authorities. The individuals are now facing felony theft charges, according to authorities.

Early in the year, an employee at the state park noted tire tracks which led him to investigate the area. The forestry worker says he subsequently discovered that nine walnut trees were missing. An official from the DNR law enforcement bureau notes that it appears the trees had been cut down, sawed into logs, then loaded into trucks and hauled away.

The basics of mortgage fraud in Iowa

Fraud is a generic term for wrongful, criminal deception, the objective of which is financial or personal gain. For some, the term may conjure up images of swindlers intent on tricking others for profit. However, when it comes to mortgage fraud in Iowa, this is not necessarily always the case.

There are two main categories of mortgage fraud: fraud for profit, and fraud for housing. Fraud for profit usually involves a situation where a real estate professional -- such as a mortgage broker or appraiser -- supposedly attempts to extract money unlawfully with respect to a property or transaction. This often leads to official investigations by law enforcement.

Former Iowa assistant jail administrator facing felony charges

Even being accused of a crime can potentially affect a person's career prospects, both in the present and the future. In Iowa, a man facing felony charges has already lost his job. Now, depending on the outcome of his June trial, the stakes for his future are even higher than just finding a new job.

The former assistant jail administrator is facing charges of felony theft and misconduct in office. After working for the last 15 years in his position, he was fired in March 2016. Allegedly, he was let go on accusations of not depositing inmates' fees for room and board.

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