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Chargo receives probation in Iowa Skills theft

Tama County District Court

February 10, 2011
By John Speer, Editor
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Daniel Peter Chargo, 51, Jefferson, formerly of Toledo, has received suspended prison terms and was ordered to pay $52,800 restitution to the Iowa Association of Skills-USA, Inc. program.

All charges against his former wife, Diane Klenk, 49, Toledo, were dismissed.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Ian K. Thornhill in Tama County District Court on Feb. 4.

Daniel Chargo, the one time business manager at the Iowa Juvenile Home -State Training School for Girls in Toledo, faced two charges of 1st degree theft, four 2nd degree theft counts and a charge of ongoing criminal conduct.

He entered guilty pleas to the three second degree theft charges on Friday. The other charges were dismissed in a plea arrangement by Thornhill.

Chargo was sentenced to two concurrent five-year prison terms and one five-year term to be served consecutively on the theft charges. Each sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for five years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren told The News-Herald he recommended a 15-year prison term and no probation while Chargo’s attorney, Cory Goldensoph, urged the court to grant a deferred judgement and probation.

The original charges were filed on Nov. 17, 2009, by Toledo Police Chief Jeff Harnish. They stemmed from a audit of the Iowa Skills program by the office of State Auditor David Vaudt.

The audit report alleged the special investigation had identified a total of $78,659 of unsupported and improper spending by Chargo and his then-wife, Diane Klenk-Chargo. She was the state director of the program during the time period.

She was cleared of three counts of 1st degree theft, three charge of 2nd degree theft and one count of ongoing criminal conduct with the cases dismissed on Feb. 4 by Judge Thornhill.

Among the reported items was $41,189 of improper disbursements, $25,861 of unsupported disbursements and $11,609 of undeposited collections.

The period covered was Sept 1, 2001- Sept. 30, 2008.

The program was funded by the Iowa Department of Education which requested the audit. Other funding sources identified in the audit included dues from students and faculty and what was listed as “limited financial support” from the National Skills office.

The Iowa Skills program is identified as a “non-profit organization established to serve high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations and faculty who assist them” according to the audit report.

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Daniel Peter Chargo

 
 

 

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