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For immediate release --August 9, 1999.
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State Files Criminal Charges Naming Michael Strope:
Statement of the Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General's Office filed several criminal charges today naming Michael Strope, former Linn County facilities manager.

The charges were contained in a trial information filed today in Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids. The charges were: three counts of theft in the first degree, and three counts of felonious misconduct in office by falsifying a public record.

Theft in the first degree is a Class C felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of $500 to $10,000. Felonious misconduct in office is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $500 to $7,500.

A warrant for Strope's arrest was issued by a Linn County District Court judge today, and Strope was arrested this afternoon. Bond was set at approximately $67,000.

Arraignment was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19.

The matter is being handled by the Attorney General's Office upon request of the Linn County Attorney's office.

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