Former Adair city employees plead guilty to theft


October 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former Adair city clerk and her son, who worked for the street department, have pleaded guilty to stealing city funds. The attorney general’s office says 63-year-old Linda Nichols and 41-year-old Terry Nichols, both of Adair, pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree theft. A charge of felonious misconduct in office was dropped. Each faces up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is Nov. 14 in Adair County District Court. A state audit in May found $119,000 in questionable spending from 2007 through 2010. The attorney general’s office says the audit included amounts that can’t be proven to be stolen or weren’t stolen. Under a plea deal, the Nichols will pay over $83,000 in restitution plus another $5,000 for the audit.