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Daniel enters innocent pleas in missing $315,000 Kids Corner Day Care case

Trial is Set in Tama County District Court

July 9, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Trial has been set for Sept. 24 for Kristine Michelle Daniel, 46 Kellogg, Iowa, on five counts of 1st degree theft, two charges of money laundering and a charge of ongoing criminal conduct- unlawful activity by Senior Judge Jane F. Spande in Tama County District Court in Toledo. Daniel entered written innocent pleas and waived her right to a speedy trial on June 28.

She was first charged on May 22 with ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering in connection with the alleged theft of $286,343 in improper and $28,954 in unsupported expenditures form Kids Corner Daycare in Toledo by Tama County Sheriff's Detective Bruce Rhoads. Additional charges were added in a Trial Information filed on June 12 by Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren.

Daniel's arrest came after a special investigation by the office of Iowa Auditor of State Mary Mosiman which disclosed the missing funds.

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Kristine Michelle Daniel

The audit report, released on May 23 identified $278,362.58 of improper and unsupported disbursements, undeposited collections, and forgone grant revenue. The $120,724.29 of improper and unsupported disbursements identified includes $55,523.00 of purchases on Kids' Corner's credit cards, primarily from Amazon, Walmart, and Sam's Club; $56,369.24 in unauthorized payroll and reimbursements issued to or for Ms. Daniel; $5,140.53 of penalties and interest incurred for non-payment of payroll taxes to the federal and state governments; and $3,649.52 of purchases from various vendors.

The $63,638.29 of undeposited collections identified consist of cash payments from parents for childcare services which were recorded in Kids' Corner's accounting system but not deposited to Kids' Corner's bank accounts, and the $94,000 of forgone grant revenue consists of funds Kids' Corner could have received through the Iowa Department of Education to supplement its grocery purchases for meals served

Before Judge Sean McPartland:

Irene Ray Rivers, 28, rural Tama, entered a written guilty plea to a charge of public intoxication, 3rd or subsequent offense. She was sentence to 365 days in jail with credit for any item served and the 365 day term suspended. A $625 fine was suspended and court costs and a surcharge totaling $265 was assessed, Rivers was placed on formal probation for one year to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and directed to pay the probation enrollment fee.

She was charged on June 4 when found intoxicated while a passenger in a vehicle stopped at Broadway and Carleton streets by Toledo Police Officer Nathan Wunn.

Stacy Leigh Roak, 47, Cedar Rapids, admitted violation of terms of probation and was found in contempt. She was directed to serve 20 days in the Linn County Jail in Cedar Rapids within 120 days of June 28. Her probation was extended for two years to Dec. 22, 2020.

Roak was orignally sentenced on a charge of prohibited acts- possess product intended for manufacture of a controlled substance - pseudoephedrine.

She was cited in a probation violation report for failing to come for four probation appointments, twice failing to appear in court for probation revocation hearings and one instance of failing to come in for a random drug test.

Lance Eugene Gibson, 28, Toledo, received prison sentences for five years for willfull injury causing bodily injury, and two years each on two counts of domestic abuse assault, 3rd or subsequent offenses. Fines on three charges totaling $2,000 were suspended and court costs of $474 were assessed.

A no contact order with the victim was issued for a five-year period.

Gibson was orignally charged with two counts of domestic abuse assault, 3rd or subsequent offense and willful injury on Jan 28 at a residence in Toledo by Toledo Police Sgt. Daniel Quigley.

Before Judge Patrick Grady:

Christina Renee Cunningham,29, Des Moines, entered a written guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine. She was fined and assessed court costs totaling $555 and sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served and ordered released from custody. She was directed to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and her drivers license was revoked for 180 days. She may obtain a temporary work permit to drive if qualified.

Cunninghamwas orignally charged on June 4 at a location not noted in court records for possession of a controlled substance 2nd offense. The charge was filed by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Ethan Richter.



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