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No charges to be filed over improper district disbursements

June 27, 2019

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed over more than $2.1 million in improper payments by the Mason City Community School District.

The Cerro Gordo County attorney’s office said in a news release Wednesday that it was determined after consultations with the Iowa attorney general’s office that there was “insufficient evidence to support any criminal charges.”

A state audit that covered July 2009 through August 2017 says more than $1.3 million was salary to 66 mainly administrative employees that exceeded the authorized pay and increases. The improper payments also included other monetary benefits, such as vehicle and cellphone allowances given to some employees. The audit report released in December also said hundreds of thousands more in improper disbursements covered district contributions to retirement and annuity accounts.

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