McGregor: Ex-City Employee Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Copper

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

MCGREGOR (October 7, 2013)--A former McGregor city water production supervisor pleaded guilty Monday in district court to a charge of theft of copper or brass by a public servant.

James Russell Bankhead, 29, of Oglesby, was sentenced to probation after he admitted to participating in a scheme that resulted in the theft of almost $15,000 by using city money to purchase items and then re-selling them and keeping the proceeds.

State District Judge Ralph Strother sentenced Bankhead to serve 5 years deferred adjudication probation, pay restitution to the city more than $5,200 and a $1000 fine.

An affidavit issued during the investigation says Bankhead used a City of McGregor credit card to buy rolls of copper tubing and brass fittings from a local warehouse store, then resell the copper and keep the money.

McGregor police Detective Joy Coy, who investigated the case, said items bought with the credit card were sold for a fraction of their original value.

Coy said the incidents happened over a period of two to three months.

Coy said police were tipped to the scheme after an employee at a warehouse store called to express concerns about the purchases.

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