State Audit Turns Up Questionable Spending By Former City Clerk In Ayrshire; Charges Filed

Thu 6-11-2020

(Ayrshire, IA)  --  A special investigation has turned up more than 10 thousand dollars in improper and unsupported spending by the former city clerk in Ayrshire. 

The problem transactions took place between September 2018 and February of this year.  State Auditor Rob Sand says more than nine thousand dollars in unauthorized checks were issued to former city clerk Alesha Olson. 

Sand says audit copies have been shared with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Palo Alto County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says Olson has since been charged with theft in the second degree, a class "D" felony, and forgery, an aggravated misdemeanor.