Former Iowa County treasurer accused of theft

Audit shows more than $62,000 in missing funds between 2006 and 2010

Published: January 30 2014 | 1:27 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:53 am in
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A former Iowa County treasurer and supervisor is accused of theft after investigators say she was taking money from the county when she served as treasurer.

A release from the Iowa County Sheriff's Office said Kimberly J. Tanke was charged with first-degree theft on Wednesday after after an audit revealed more than $62,000 in missing county funds between 2006 and 2010.

An investigation by the Iowa County Sheriff and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was initiated after the county's current treasurer and auditor realized money was missing with the help of a private auditing firm, the release said.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday said Tanke held the office of Iowa County Treasurer from July 16, 1999 to July 1, 2010. According to the complaint, Tanke is accused of diverting $62,397 of cash receipts to her own personal use between the calendar years 2006 and 2010. The complaint said the audit was discovered during an annual audit of the Iowa County's books between June and Jan. 2014.

The complaint said Tanke admitted she was responsible for the missing funds to the Iowa County Auditor.

Tanke, 53, resigned from her seat on the Iowa County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 20 citing personal reasons.

Her resignation letter, dated Jan. 20, said "Please accept this as my formal resignation as Iowa County Supervisor. I have personal matters to attend to."

First-degree theft is a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The release said Tanke made an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon and has since been released.

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