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Statement of the Attorney General's Office
Monday, August 19, 2002
Criminal charges filed naming
Kevin D.VanOtterloo

DES MOINES. 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 1:00 p.m.

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, Iowa.

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