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Statement of Attorney General Tom Miller

State files criminal charges naming Thomas M. Hinders, Jr.

Statement of the Attorney General's Office:

The Iowa Attorney General's Office filed a Trial Information today in Story County District Court in Ames charging Thomas M. Hinders, Jr., with three counts of First-Degree Theft and one count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct.

According to the Trial Information, the three First-Degree Theft counts relate to alleged theft by deception of property from Iowa State exceeding $10,000 for each year during 2003, 2004, and 2005, respectively. The Ongoing Criminal Conduct count alleges Hinders committed theft by deception for financial gain and on a continuing basis.

The Ongoing Criminal Conduct charge is a class "B" felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The First-Degree Theft charges are class "C" felonies, each punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

District Court Judge Carl Baker set bond in the amount of $30,000 and ordered Hinders to appear for arraignment at 1 p.m. July 31, 2006. An arrest warrant was issued by Judge Baker, but Hinders will be allowed to turn himself in to authorities no later than 3 p.m. Friday, July 14.

Hinders is from Ames and was born Jan. 10, 1958.

On June 13, 2006, the State Auditor released a report on the Auditor's "Special Investigation of ISU Dept. of Facilities Planning and Management" related to this matter.

The Attorney General's Area Prosecutions Division is handling the matter at the request of the Story County Attorney. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Scott Brown and Denise Timmins.

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