CIETC Scandal Far From Over, More Criminal and Civil Action Pending
Late Thursday afternoon, the jury returned guilty verdicts for former CIETC accountant Karen Tesdell on all 29 counts of her indictment, one count of conspiracy and 28 counts of fraud. The jury split its decision on former Iowa Workforce Development deputy director Jane Barto. She was found guilty of obstruction, but acquitted on the more serious charge of conspiracy. The third defendant, former CIETC board member Dan Albritton was cleared of his one charge of conspiracy.
The organization's board of directors made it official Thursday by approving a resolution to that effect.
Disbanding the agency has been a foregone conclusion since March 24, when Des Moines withdrew from the alliance.