- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A woman accused of stealing nearly $80,000 while working as town clerk for a northeast Iowa community has pleaded not guilty to mail fraud.

Christine King’s not guilty pleas to two fraud counts were entered Thursday in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo television station KWWL reported (http://bit.ly/1eYQKRJ ).

Prosecutors say King issued unauthorized checks to herself for payroll, reimbursements and mileage for nearly a decade, beginning sometime around the summer of 2002 and through her termination in October 2011.

Court records do not list an attorney for King.

The charges in federal court are in connection with alleged false financial reports for the city in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Her federal trial is set to begin May 19.

King has also pleaded not guilty to theft charges in state court. Her state trial is scheduled to begin April 23.

The charges followed a state audit report issued in February 2013 that said King had been taking improper payments from the town of Masonville for nearly a decade. She was fired in October 2011.

The report showed King wrote herself many checks over several years, some which never noted what they were used for.

The audit said King told authorities that she intended to pay back the money she took by not issuing future payroll checks to herself. She said she was unable to keep those plans after her husband lost his job.

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Information from: KWWL-TV, http://www.kwwl.com

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