By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The director of a Waterloo homeless shelter has entered a plea to charges she stole money from the nonprofit organization.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( ) 60-year-old Joni Kay Hansen entered Alford pleas Monday to first- and second-degree theft charges.

In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledge there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Defense attorney Kevin Engels says the Alford plea came in part because of a dispute about the amount of money misused.

Authorities had claimed Hansen used the organization’s ATM card to withdraw $42,931 at the Isle Casino Hotel between 2010 and 2012 and used the money in a way that violated the wishes of people who made donations.

Police arrested Hansen in July 2013.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

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