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Eight Lyon Co. workers charged with misconduct

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Eight Lyon County, Iowa workers are facing criminal charges in relation to the sale of county property or services and keeping the profits for themselves.

The eight workers are charged with Non-Felonious Misconduct in Office, which is a serious misdemeanor. According to the Lyon County website, Michael Modder, 59, Gerald Grave Jr., 53, Robert Gruis, 55, and Rickie Dale Denekas, 58, are all accused of selling scrap iron belonging to Lyon County and splitting the proceeds amongst themselves.

Gary Vogel, 61, and Steven Ageson, 45, are accused of knowing and allowing the proceeds from the sale of scrap iron to be used for other purposes rather than depositing it as county revenue.

Loran Van Maanen, 53, is also accused of failing to report cash income as County Revenue.  

Todd Huisman, 51, has also been charged with Non-felonious Misconduct in Office for selling scrap iron and not turning the proceeds in to the County Auditor as revenue. He is also charged with one count of Misappropriation of Property—theft in the 2nd degree. The charge alleges Huisman received more than $9,000 from the sale of scrap iron and used batteries and aluminum signs which belonged to Lyon County.

The Lyon County Clerk of Courts tells KSFY News Gary Vogel has already made an initial appearance in court. The rest of are scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday, July 24 at 9 a.m.

A former Lyon County Engineer also faces criminal charges in a separate investigation conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and Lyon County Sheriff's Department.

Jeffery Williams, 54, was also scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday for three counts of Non-Felonious Misconduct in Office. Williams received training and equipment from Lyon County to perform septic tank inspections for the county. However, the investigation accuses Williams of conducting the inspections as a private business by accepting funds that were actually meant for the county.  

Williams is also charged with 2nd Degree Theft for receiving proceeds exceeding $1,000 in that business which should have been county revenue.

The Lyon County Clerk of Courts tells KSFY News Williams' attorney has already filed a not guilty plea for him. 

KSFY News is gathering more details. Stay with KSFY News for any updates.

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