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Warrants Issued for Spencer Attorney

Spencer, IA (KICD)–Arrest warrants have been issued for a Spencer attorney who previously worked as a contract defense attorney for the State of Iowa Public Defenders Office.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 60-year-old Ney Mcdaniel faces a class B felony charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct and class C felony counts of 1st Degree Theft, and Fraudulent Practice in the First Degree.

In February of 2011, the Clay County Attorney’s Office contacted the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation regarding billings submitted by Mcdaniel to the State Public Defenders Office. At this time the state auditor’s office conducted an audit of Mcdaniel’s claims submitted from August 31st, 2007, through March of 2011.

A July audit identified over $177,000 of improper disbursement to Mcdaniel including over $81,000 paid to Mcdaniel for 80 days for which he claimed 24 hours or more in a single day, over $31,000 for 55 days which Mcdaniel claimed at least 20 hours, but less than 24 hours in a single day, over $48,000 for 152 days which Mcdaniel claimed more than 15 hours, but less than 20 hours in a single day, and over $10,000 for 113 days which Mcdaniel claimed more than 12 hours, but not more than 15 hours in a single day. The audit report also included improper disbursements of over $6,100 of mileage claimed by Mcdaniel.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting the case.