SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) – A woman who was charged with stealing more than $165,000 from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office plead guilty after reaching an agreement with the Southern District Court of Iowa.
Jennifer Wierson plead guilty to, theft from a government receiving federal program funds. The plea agreement was filed yesterday, Sept. 16, 2016.
Wierson was a senior account clerk for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. In April 2015 an employee with the Sheriff’s office noticed an error in an account and an investigation ensued. Wierson had already been fired for performance issues.
In the agreement Wierson admits to stealing and moving around funds in several accounts she oversaw at the Sheriff’s Department from 2011 to 2015.
According to the court record, Wierson was interviewed on Oct. 15, 2015 by Davenport Police. In that interview she admitted it all started with her taking small amounts of money which she intended to pay back.
Wierson said in the interview she was getting a divorce and could not afford it. She said she started taking the money because she was trying to keep her car, keep house and keep her kids comfortable. Wierson said once she began taking money it was hard to stop.
In the agreement, Wierson admits to stealing or misappropriating at least $169,000.
Wierson now faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of not more than two years.
Wierson worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 24 years.