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Contact Bob Brammer – 515-281-6699.

Statement of the Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Dallas County Attorney's Office

Criminal Charges Filed Naming Lance Edward Summers

Criminal complaints have been filed in Dallas County and in Lee County naming Lance Edward Summers of Burlington, pertaining to matters investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the State Auditor’s Office.

Summers was arrested Friday morning in Lee County. After an initial appearance in Lee County, he was scheduled to be transported to Adel for a similar proceeding in Dallas County.

In Dallas County, County Attorney Wayne Reisetter filed a criminal Complaint Thursday alleging the crime of Felonious Misconduct in Office. The Complaint alleges that Summers, between Jan. 13, 2005, and Jan. 20, 2006, in the course of his employment as a probation officer for the State of Iowa within the 5th Judicial District, received money from a person assigned to Summers’ case supervision but did not properly deposit the funds to the purpose for which they were paid, and made a false receipt for the funds.

In Lee County, a Complaint was filed Thursday by Asst. Attorney General Robert Glaser, alleging the crime of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D felony. The Complaint alleges that Summers, between May 20, 2002, and July 29, 2004, in Lee County, as a probation and parole officer “collected required supervision fees from clients and retained those fees which were the property of the State of Iowa.” The property was valued at more than $1,000 and less than $10,000. The Attorney General’s Office was asked to serve in the role of prosecutor on that matter by Lee County Attorney Mike Short.

Theft in the Second Degree and Felonious Misconduct in Office both are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $7,500.

Criminal charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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