Clarinda woman to appear in court on theft charges


February 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Clarinda woman accused of taking nearly $30,000 from the Clarinda High School Booster Club over a three-year period, is scheduled to appear in court Monday, for an arraignment hearing. 51-year-old Cynthia Ann Gerdts, faces a felony charge of 1st Degree Theft.  Gerdts, who was previously employed at the Page County Federal Savings Association, and served as the Booster Club’s treasurer, allegedly used a number of elaborate techniques to embezzle the money. Her pre-trial hearing will take place March 5th,  with the trial set for April 10th. If convicted on the charge , Gerdts could get up to 10 years in prison and have to pay a $10,000 fine.