Ex-Iowa City Development Aide Gets Prison for Theft; Must Repay Nonprofit, Insurer

September 14, 2020

The former office manager of the Iowa City Area Development Group was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for a 13-year theft scheme in which she misspent more than a half-million dollars, federal prosecutors said.

Sheri Jelinek, 48, of North Liberty, Iowa, was also ordered to make full restitution to the nonprofit and its insurance company. The nonprofit, which promotes workforce and economic development, is funded by local businesses.

Jelinek pleaded guilty last year to seven counts of wire fraud.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that Jelinek worked for the nonprofit from 2003 until January 2017, and that after she left employees discovered she made more than $460,000 in improper or personal charges on the organization’s credit cards over several years.

Jelinek was released after sentencing and will be allowed to self-report to federal prison.

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