- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An investigation by the state auditor of the tiny eastern Iowa city of Vining has identified more than $30,000 in improper spending over a six-year period, according to a report released Wednesday.

Auditor Mary Mosiman issued the report on the investigation that found $32,243.27 of improper and unsupported spending from May 2008 through May 2014.

Vining officials requested the investigation after the former city clerk, Nanci Parizek, told authorities she embezzled money from the city, which has a population of about 50.

Phone numbers listed for Parizek were disconnected and she couldn’t be reached to comment.

According to the report, more than $30,000 in wrongful spending was found, including cash withdrawals from the city’s bank account, improper payroll to Parizek, bank overdraft charges and other late fees. It also included more than $24,000 of improper reimbursement to Parizek and her husband, David Parizek, a former City Council member.

The investigation noted nearly $2,000 of unsupported spending included payments to vendors and reimbursements to Parizek, according to the report.

Mosiman said determining whether additional amounts were improperly allocated was not possible due to inadequate availability of records.

Parizek resigned from her post as city clerk on May 23, after providing a written statement to the Tama County Sheriff’s Office saying she meant to pay the city back.

“I had full intent of paying the city back, but then I couldn’t and it spiraled out of control,” Parizek said in the statement.

Chief Deputy Chad Hansen said the sheriff’s office plans to file theft charges against Parizek. He said he’s consulting with the Tama County Attorney’s Office about other charges.

Copies of the report have been filed with the sheriff’s office, the Attorney General’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

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