Third arrest made in large scale theft from state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials have arrested a third man for his involvement in a theft and money-laundering operation that defrauded the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Gerard Meyers says Tuesday that authorities have charged 30-year-old Jason Weigel, of Nevada, Iowa, with ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent practices and identity theft.

Weigel is currently in custody at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility where he is serving a prison sentence for drunk driving.

Weigel is the son of 56-year-old David Weigel, a former Department of Transportation employee who was arrested in April along with 59-year-old Grady Marx. The two were charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, money laundering and criminal conduct.

Meyers says the trio stole more than $500,000 in state money.

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