Garwin couple in court over misappropriated funds

Karen Kae Boege, 59, of Garwin, entered an Alford plea to a charge of first degree theft – misappropriate property in excess of $10,000 in Tama County District Court on Thursday morning. Judge Paul D. Miller set sentencing for June 8.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt on the part of the defendant but does allow enough evidence exists to likely result in a conviction if the case is heard in court.

Court records show restitution totaling $6,944 will be ordered at the time of sentencing.

A plea hearing and sentencing hearing for Boege’s husband, Steven Eugene Boege, 60, who also faces a charge of first-degree theft, was set for June 8, as well.

The Boeges were both charged late last year for allegedly using a total of $13,551 in Garwin Ambulance Service funds for personal use and improper expenditures. The thefts occurred between July of 2010 and March 31, 2015.

Steven Boege was identified as the ambulance service president and Karen Boege as the service secretary/treasurer during the period.

The alleged crimes first became public on Dec. 30, 2016, when State Auditor Mary Mosiman released a report of a special investigation which claimed the total of $13,551 in improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections was found.

According to the auditor’s news release, a total of $6,814.98 of improper disbursements identified includes $3,263 of cash withdrawals by Karen Boege; $1,392.22 of purchases from Walmart; and $620 of payments to Steve Boege.

The $6,385.63 of unsupported disbursements identified includes payments to vendors and payments to the Boeges. Mosiman also reported Karen Boege did not maintain supporting documentation for disbursements.

The $350 of undeposited collections identified includes cash withheld from a deposit made to the Ambulance Service’s checking account on Oct. 16, 2012.

Mosiman reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed or if collections were not properly deposited because adequate records were not available.