Former Casey city clerk pleads guilty to fraud, arson

DES MOINES, IA - On May 24, Dorothy L. Dillinger pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of malicious use of fire announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. 

Dillinger, age 61, admitted to engaging in a scheme to defraud the City of Casey, from around 2009 until August 2014, while serving as the City Clerk. As part of that scheme, Dillinger admitted that she used the City’s credit card and funds to purchase items for personal use without the knowledge or approval of the City Council. 

Dillinger used the United States Postal Service to mail City checks to pay the resulting credit card statements. 

Dillinger also admitted to making unauthorized payments to herself for personal expenses without City Council approval or knowledge. Dillinger failed to disclose these expenditures to both the City Council, as well as in minutes from City Council meetings. 

Dillinger also admitted to maliciously destroying the City of Casey Community Building, which was used in activities affecting interstate commerce, by means of fire. The city building was destroyed by fire from the late night of August 19 into the morning of August 20 in 2014.

Dillinger faces a statutory sentence of at least five years and up to 20 years in prison, as well as financial penalties and a term of supervised release. As part of the plea agreement, Dillinger agreed to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the court at sentencing. 

Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 26 before the Honorable James E. Gritzner, Senior United States District Court Judge, at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines.

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