Former Iowa power plant official gets probation

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A former general manager of a municipal power plant has been given probation and a suspended Iowa prison sentence.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says (http://bit.ly/173JL7r) 54-year-old Brian Geschke made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a single count of theft in Chickasaw County. The judge suspended the 10-year prison sentence and ordered five years of informal probation for Geschke.

Iowa state auditors say they determined that there had been nearly $65,000 in undeposited collections and improper disbursements during an investigation of Geschke, who oversaw the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant.

Larry Throndson is a member of the light plant’s board of directors, and on Tuesday he decried the plea agreement and punishment as inadequate.

Judge Richard Stochl says he’s still considering ordering Geschke to reimburse the city.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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