Iowa – A woman who used her position as the city clerk for the City of Delhi to steal more than $100,000 in public funds was sentenced yesterday to more than a year in federal prison.
Angela Billings from Anamosa, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to theft from a program receiving public funds.
In a plea agreement, Billings admitted that she held a position of public trust as the city clerk and that her position of trust contributed significantly to the commission and concealment of her crime. She agreed that she stole more than $100,000 from the city by, among other means, using the city’s credit card for personal expenses and adjusting her own utility bills. Billings also agreed she owes more than $130,000 in restitution, which includes costs the city incurred to conduct the audit that discovered the breadth of her crime.
Billings was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Billings was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and she was ordered to pay $133,915.31 in restitution to the city. She must also serve a term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Public employees hold a special place in our society and are given a great deal of trust,” stated United States Attorney Peter Deegan. “We are committed to holding those employees responsible when they betray that trust by stealing from the communities they are supposed to be serving.”
Billings was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.
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