- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The former city clerk for the small western Iowa city of Casey has pleaded guilty to federal charges alleging she used city funds for personal use and burned down City Hall the night before state auditors were to arrive to investigate missing money.

U.S. Attorney Kevin VanderSchel says 61-year-old Dorothy Dillinger pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud and malicious use of fire.

Dillinger, who served as the city clerk for 30 years in Casey, admitted she misused city funds for personal expenses without the city’s approval from 2009 until August 2014.

Dillinger also admitted she destroyed the community building in Casey housing the city’s office by lighting it on fire in August 2014, when auditors were due to investigate the clerk’s office.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 26.



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