WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A former Bremer County recorder who admitted stealing office funds has been given up to three years of probation.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (http://bit.ly/12Dkv4t) that 59-year-old Donna Ellison had faced up to seven years in prison when she was sentenced on Monday. Ellison was given the probation and a deferred judgment and was ordered to pay restitution of at least $524. Under the deferred judgment, the convictions will be removed from Ellison’s record if she successfully completes probation.
Ellison pleaded guilty in May to misconduct in office and third-degree theft. Authorities say Ellison took the money between May 2012 and February 2013 and altered records to disguise the crime.
Ellison had been Bremer County’s recorder since 1995.
Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com