Former Monticello resident arrested for theft

Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     A former Monticello resident has been arrested on theft charges stemming from her employment as the city clerk of Delhi.

     Angie Billings, 42, whose maiden name was Knepper, was taken into custody in Anamosa on Dec. 20.

     The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the City of Delhi in April 2015 regarding improper disbursements and expenditures Billings made while employed by the city. Her employment ended in January 2015.

     From there, the State Auditor was contacted, assisting in the investigation stemming from March 2007 through January 2015. The investigation took almost two years due to the large sum of information involved in the case.

     It was revealed that Billings made multiple personal purchases with the city’s credit card totaling $90,000. She also took in unauthorized excessive payroll for herself totaling $69,351, and received services from the city for utilities that were not billed or paid in the amount of $6,747.

     Some of the personal purchases included:

     • $16,263.84 at convenience stores

     • $13,780.02 at Walmart

     • $7,822.48 for personal cell phone service

     • $5,365.73 at various grocery stores

     • Thirty-three charges totaling almost $2,000 to psychic hotlines

     Billings now faces two counts of 1st degree theft and one count of 2nd degree theft.

     In December 2002, Billings and her mother, Mary Bray, purchased the former W.T. Yanks and reopened it in January 2003 as Main Street Diner in Monticello. An article and photos appeared in the Jan. 15, 2003 issue of the Express.

     Her bail was set at $25,000 in cash.


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