Ex-Freeborn Co. employee pleads guilty to stealing

Published 9:45 am Thursday, August 4, 2011

A former Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office secretary charged with stealing money from the department pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court to theft of more than $1,800.


Kelley Ann Davenport, 37, who worked in the civil processing department, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft and had three other felony counts of theft dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Davenport agreed to pay restitution on all four of charges, totaling about $3,700.

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She started with the Sheriff’s Office in 2007, but resigned in February 2010 after allegations of misconduct.

According to court documents, Davenport cashed a series of checks made payable to the Sheriff’s Office.

Davenport’s duties included managing the accounting books of the department’s deposit funds and checks, court records state.

The allegations were brought to the attention of the former chief deputy of the department by the record’s department staff who noted that the cash register in the department had not been balanced. There had also been people calling the Sheriff’s Office asking why their checks, issued several months prior, had not been cashed.

During the hearing Tuesday, retired Judge James Broberg, who is filling in for a judicial vacancy, said he accepted the plea and ordered Davenport to comply with the probation department for a pre-sentence investigation.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 10.