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Statement of the Attorney General's Office
Charges Filed Naming Charles Edward Griggs
May 13, 2003

Charges were filed today by the Iowa Attorney General's Office in Webster County District Court in Fort Dodge naming Webster County Sheriff Charles Edward Griggs.

The three-count Trial Information charges the sheriff with Theft in the Second Degree, a class D felony, Felonious Misconduct in Office, a class D felony, and Tampering with Records, an aggravated misdemeanor. A Class D felony carries a maximum prison sentence of not more than five years and/or a fine not to exceed $7,500. The aggravated misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of two years and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

The charges followed an audit of the Webster County Sheriff's Office by the Iowa State Auditor's Office which was publicly released on May 8, 2003. The matter is being handled by Thomas Henry Miller, assistant attorney general and head of the Attorney General's Area Prosecutions Division. The Attorney General's Office is handling the matter at the request of Webster County Attorney Tim Schott, in order that the county attorney can avoid a potential conflict of interest.

A summons was issued for Mr. Griggs, who surrendered himself today in Fort Dodge to an agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. By order of the Court, Mr. Griggs was booked and released on a personal recognizance bond pending trial. The Court set arraignment in the case for Tuesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Mr. Griggs, age 63, is represented by attorney Monty L. Fisher of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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