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Statement of the Attorney General’s Office

Story County Jury Convicts Thomas M. Hinders, Jr.

Statement of the Attorney General’s Office:

A Story County jury in Nevada today found Thomas M. Hinders, Jr., guilty of three felony counts of First-Degree Theft and one felony count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct. Sentencing was set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2007.

The three First-Degree Theft counts related to alleged theft by deception of property from Iowa State University totaling over $400,000 during 2003 to 2005. The Ongoing Criminal Conduct count alleged Hinders committed theft by deception for financial gain and on a continuing basis. Hinders was the sole owner of Hinders & Associates. Prosecutors argued that Hinders billed ISU for over 15,000 hours of work that was not performed.

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.

Assistant Attorney General Denise Timmins handled the trial for the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Area Prosecutions Division handled the matter at the request of the Story County Attorney.

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 audit can be found at the Auditor’s web site -- http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/ISU_Special.pdf.

END of statement.

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