Arrest warrants issued for Iowa attorney

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued for an Iowa attorney once contracted by the State Public Defenders Office.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the warrants issued Thursday for 60-year-old Ney McDaniel, of Spencer, are in connection to a July audit that questioned his billing practices.

The audit identified more than $177,000 of improper disbursement to McDaniel. In one case, he claimed to have worked 24 hours or more in a single day during 80 days.

The audit shows McDaniel took in $1.1 million from 2005 through March 2011, when his contract was terminated.

McDaniel has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and first-degree fraudulent practice. A message left for his attorney was not immediately returned Monday night.

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