- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - A former drainage district board member has been accused of altering meeting minutes to cover up the theft of dirt used to repair a levee in southeast Iowa.

Sixty-year-old Michael Pieper (PEE’-pur) is charged with theft and felony misconduct in office. He and his attorney didn’t immediately return calls Friday from The Associated Press, seeking comment on the allegations.

North Lee County District Court documents say Pieper ordered his company employees in 2011 to take the dirt from a property without the owners’ permission. The dirt value was estimated at around $93,000.

The documents also say Pieper falsified minutes in June 2012 of a previous board meeting to show his company had gotten permission from the board to remove the dirt for the repairs.

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