immediate release - Monday, August 19th, 2002.
Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699.
Statement of the Attorney General's Office
August 19, 2002
charges filed naming
The Iowa Attorney General's Office filed criminal charges today naming
former Kossuth County Sheriff Kevin D. VanOtterloo.
The three-felony-count trial
information was filed in Kossuth County District Court in Algona. The
trial information charges the former sheriff with Theft in the First Degree,
a class C felony, Felonious Misconduct in Office, a class D felony, and
Forgery, a class D felony. The charges followed an audit of the Kossuth
County Sheriff's Office by the Iowa State Auditor's Office. The audit
was released publicly on June 27, 2002.
A class C felony is punishable
by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000. Each of the two
class D felonies is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine
up to $7,500. Iowa law also provides that, if convicted, an offender is
responsible for paying restitution to the victim.
A warrant was issued today
for the arrest of Mr. VanOtterloo. Arrangements have been made for VanOtterloo
to surrender himself to an agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
on Tuesday. District Court Judge Don E. Courtney ordered that after VanOtterloo
is booked he is to be released on a personal recognizance bond pending
trial. The Court set arraignment in the case for September 9, 2002, at
The Attorney General's Office
was asked to handle the matter by Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes.
Mr. VanOtterloo is represented by attorney John D. Brown of Emmetsburg,
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