INK CTGS AND BRIBERY CHARGES FOR IOWA COUNTY ENGINEER

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INK CTGS AND BRIBERY CHARGES FOR IOWA COUNTY ENGINEER

 user 2008-10-14 at 12:11:14 pm Views: 67
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    http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10456211
    Former Monona County engineer charged with commercial bribery
    Former Monona County Engineer Jon Singelstad has been arrested on suspicion of bribery.
    Singelstad,
    55, has been charged with two felony counts of commercial bribery.The
    charges stem from a January report by the Iowa state auditor linking
    Singelstad’s tenure as county engineer with allegedly improper invoices
    totaling $17,568.20.

    Singelstad declined to comment Friday.
    Singelstad
    is accused of paying ink cartridge vendors for more cartridges than the
    county could use, according to the auditor’s report. Singelstad
    authorized payment for 600 ink cartridges between January 1, 2004, and
    April 20, 2007. An inventory of ink cartridges done on April 20, 2007,
    found only 75 cartridges in offices had been used by the county
    engineer, according to the auditor’s report.”It does not appear
    reasonable over 500 cartridges could have been used by the County
    Engineer’s Office during this period,” the auditor’s office concluded.

    Singelstad
    allegedly admitted to depositing two money orders totaling $1,250 into
    his personal bank account, according to the auditor’s report. The money
    orders were sent to Singelstad by a representative from a California
    ink cartridge company, Singelstad allegedly told the auditor and an
    officer with the Division of Criminal Investigation.

    The
    auditor’s office did not know if Singelstad received any other money
    from the vendors, according to the report.He was arrested by officers
    with the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Onawa Police
    Department on Thursday.The Iowa Attorney General’s Office will
    prosecute the case.