Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Contact: Bob Brammer, Iowa Attorney General's Office, 515-281-6699
Criminal Charges Filed Naming Kyle D. Williamson
Statement of the Iowa Attorney General's Office
[UPDATE: Williamson pled guilty to two counts on February 23, 2009. Go to statement of the Attorney General's Office]
A criminal Complaint & Affidavit has been filed in Scott County District Court naming Kyle David Williamson. (Go to copy of Complaint & Affidavit.) Williamson was accused of two counts of Falsifying Public Documents under section 718.5 of the Iowa Criminal Code. Each count is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $750 to $7,500.
The two Counts allege that Williamson on or about July 18, 2007, and on or about October 26, 2007, in Scott County, did “unlawfully and willfully make or alter a public document or instrument purporting to be a public document without right or authority to do so.” Criminal charges are accusations only; a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty.
The Complaint was sworn-to Tuesday by Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Richard Rahn. District Court Judge Gary D. McKenrick issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Williamson and set bond in the amount of $5,000 cash or surety on each count. Williamson was arrested early Wednesday morning in Bettendorf.
Williamson also faces federal charges. (U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Davenport office.)
Williamson resides in Bettendorf, Iowa, and is 41 years old (date of birth 3-27-67.)
At the time of the alleged state violations, Williamson was an attorney and part-time magistrate in Scott County. In November 2007, Williamson was appointed a District Associate Court Judge for Scott County. Williamson has been on a leave of absence since January 2008.
According to the Complaint and Affidavit, when he was an attorney, Williamson on two occasions unlawfully made or altered public documents (or documents purporting to be public documents) related to the marriage dissolution and child support payments of a client.
Williamson allegedly prepared an “Order on Application for Modification of Dissolution of Marriage” dated July 18, 2007, that reduced his client’s child support payment obligation from $853.54 to $571.12. (The original amount was set in a divorce decree entered January 4, 2007.) The document dated 7-18-07 had the signature of Judge Mary Howes, Seventh Judicial District. Howes later stated her signature is a blatant forgery, the affidavit said. Williamson also allegedly prepared a “Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support” dated and file-stamped October 26, 2007, with the signature of Judge Nancy Tabor, ordering his client’s employer to withhold $571.12 from the client’s monthly paycheck. The amount of $571.12 was false, according to the affidavit. (Upon later review of the matter, the amount was changed back to the original amount of $853.54.)
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is serving in the role of prosecutor at the request of the Scott County Attorney. The Iowa Division of Criminal investigation has been involved in the investigation of this matter.