Former Iowa County treasurer pleads guilty to theft

Sentencing set for April 28; Tanke 'requests forgiveness'

Published: March 11 2014 | 12:17 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:27 am in

The former Iowa County treasurer and supervisor has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.

According to court documents, Kimberly J. Tanke, 53, will be sentenced on April 28. First-degree theft is a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Tanke's attorney, Eric Tindal, said the state has agreed to recommend a suspended sentence, which would keep Tanke from spending any time in prison. Tindal will also seek a deferred judgment for his client, which could lead to the case being dismissed entirely.

Tanke was charged in January after an audit revealed more than $62,000 in missing county funds between 2006 and 2010. Tanke was Iowa County Treasurer from July 1999 to July 2010, according to a criminal complaint charging her.

The criminal complaint alleged Tanke diverted $62,397 of cash receipts to her own personal use between 2006 and 2010. The complaint said the missing funds were discovered during an annual audit of the Iowa County books between June 2013 and January 2014.

Tanke admitted to the Iowa County Auditor she was responsible for the missing funds, according to the complaint. She resigned from the Iowa County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 20, citing personal reasons.

Tindal said Tanke would likely have restitution paid back to Iowa County before her sentencing in April.

"Ms. Tanke is a good person who made a bad mistake," he said. "She's prepared to accept the consequences of that mistake and request forgiveness from Iowa County citizens, the court and her friends and family."


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