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Mason City, IA — An internal investigation turns up thousands of dollars of improper spending and lands two Iowa men in jail.
An inspection of records from the Iowa Department of Transportation shows more than $300,000 deposited into personal accounts.
Former Iowa D.O.T employee, David Weigel and his vendor Grady Marx were charged with theft and money laundering.
David Wiegel used his employment within D.O.T to personally, financially benefit from his place. Weigel is accused of selling D.O.T land to various people and companies while keeping a portion of the funds.
Additionally, he is accused of charging various people for maintaining D.O.T lands, and personally retaining those funds.
In total, David Weigel received at least $239,832 of money that was intended for the D.O.T.
For one local D.O.T employee these charges have been difficult to deal with.
“The reaction was incredibly disappointed. We have a department of several thousand people who work extremely hard for the citizens of Iowa and to have one person who misuses his authority in this way is very disappointing,” said Pete Hjelmstad of Iowa D.O.T.
The D.O.T says there are more eyes on these types of cases now, to make sure something like this doesn’t happen.
“We’ve made changes immediately so there are more eyes now on the process so there are more layers of approval that need to be met before anything can happen. So we’ve taken several steps to make sure that this will not happen again,” says Hjelmstad.