Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said a plea agreement has been discussed, but he would like to see a former employee of the Mills County Treasurer’s Office serve time in jail for the alleged theft of around $35,000 from the auto department over a six-year period from 2005-2011.
Tammy Jo Gammon, 43, was charged in June with on-going criminal conduct, first-degree theft, felonious conduct in office and five counts of forgery. An investigation by the state auditor’s office identified 182 improperly voided or altered vehicle registration renewals, vehicle titles and improper fee adjustments.
According to the state auditor’s findings, Gammon admitted to investigators from the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation that she voided certain statements and kept cash to use for her own “day-to-day expenses.” The majority of questionable transactions were recorded with Gammon’s user identification. According to staff members in the treasurer’s office, she had access to her co-worker’s user identifications and passwords.
Gammon is scheduled to go to trial on the charges Dec. 11, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Nov. 19.
Hansen said he believes Gammon should serve some jail time for the crimes.
“Most of the discussion has centered around some time in jail,” Hansen said. “I would like to see her serve some time.”
Because Gammon was a bonded employee, the county has recouped most of the misappropriated funds from the bond company, but additional restitution is also being sought.
“The bond company didn’t cover everything,” Hansen said. “We’re still out some out-of-pocket money that we will go after.”
The out-of-pocket money Hansen intends to pursue includes over $10,000 for the cost of the audit and about one month’s salary Gammon was paid while on leave.