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Iowa City man faces felony theft charges

Criminal charges could occur in a wide variety of situations. Allegations could stem from a person's personal or professional life. However, criminal accusations could harm all areas of the accused individual's life. When an individual is suspected of theft, specifically stealing large amounts of money, a defendant could face serious penalties. Some crimes are not taken lightly, making it vital that defendants explore their options and the possibility to reduce or avoid criminal penalties.

According to recent reports, an Iowa City man is facing felony charges. Preliminary police reports claim that the 25-year-old man served as the treasurer for a fraternity at the University of Iowa. Supposedly, the man stole more than $20,000 from the student organization.

From August 2016 until July 2017, the man served as the treasurer for Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. Authorities claim that during this time period, the defendant made roughly 73 suspicious cash withdrawals from the bank account of the fraternity. This amounted to $20,839.33. When questioned, the accused states that the withdrawals were used to pay the utility bills of the fraternity. However, police have records that indicate there have been multiple late fees and even instances when the bills were not paid at all.

The evidence collected against the accused includes suspicious ATM withdrawals and suspicious check withdrawals where his name has been signed. This evidence was enough to have him arrested. He now faces a first-degree theft charge. This is a Class C felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Even when a crime seems minor, it can result in serious consequences. Those facing felony theft charges or any other type of felony charge should take the time to understand the situation and how it could impact their future. Seeking out legal guidance does not only help a defendant understand their rights but also helps them strategize a legal defense that could help reduce or even dismiss the charges against them.

Source: Thegazette.com, "Muscatine man accused of stealing $20,000 from his fraternity," Lee Hermiston, April 12, 2018

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