Public Safety

Former Cedar County Jail Administrator arrested on first-degree theft charge

TIPTON — A former Jail Administrator for the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with first-degree theft after an investigation by special agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) found that he had misappropriated funds during his more than two-year stint in Cedar County.

According to a media release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Daron Lance Wilkinson, 49, was charged Saturday with first-degree theft after the completion of the financial investigation that was requested in January by both the Cedar County Sheriff and the Cedar County Attorney’s Office.

Investigators believe that Wilkinson, who worked as the Jail Administrator for the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office in Tipton from May 2013 until December 2015, used his position continually over time “to steal, misappropriate, or embezzle in excess of $36,000 dollars of funds” from the sheriff’s office.

Investigators, including assistance from the State of Iowa’s Auditor Office, made this tie by looking at the Cedar County Jail’s financial records along with personal financial records tied to Wilkinson from April 2013 until January 2016, according to the release.

According to the release, a first-degree theft charge can be considered when a defendant “unlawfully and willfully misappropriates property exceeding $10,000.00 in value.”

First-degree theft is a Class C felony by Iowa Code, punishable by up to 10 years incarceration and between $1,000 and $10,000 in fines.



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