Former Westfield, IA city clerk pleads not guilty to first-degree theft

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PLYMOUTH COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) – A former Westfield, Iowa, city clerk has pleaded not guilty to charges after authorities say nearly $75,000 worth of improper transactions were made by her during a four-and-a-half-year period.

Fifty-year-old Angela Sorensen is charged with first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct. She also waived her right to a speedy trial.

Sorensen was city clerk of Westfield from May 25, 2013, until her resignation in August 2017. Part of her responsibilities including handling receipts and disbursements related to city business.

State Auditor Rob Sand was asked by officials for a special investigation into the city following financial transactions by Sorensen.

From records from Jan. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2017, auditors identified nearly $40,000 of utility payments to the city that were never deposited.

Auditors say Sorenson was overpaid by more than $13,000 during the four-and-a-half year period and she wrote herself about $4,300 worth of unauthorized checks, plus another $3,000 worth of checks were redeemed for cash.

Blake Branch

Blake Branch

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