Mitchell County employee charged with felonious misconduct in office pleads not guilty

OSAGE — An employee of the Mitchell County Treasurer’s Office accused of falsifying a motor vehicle title record in an attempt to avoid paying taxes on a vehicle has pleaded not guilty.

A criminal complaint filed by the Iowa Department of Transportation states that 53-year-old Sandra Wagner concealed that she had purchased a vehicle, and while she was training an employee how to issue motor vehicle titles, she manipulated the employee to unknowingly transfer the ownership so she could receive an Iowa title for the sole benefit of evading taxation. The complaint says Wagner knew by her role as a public employee that she was evading taxation and received a title by a deceptive act.

Wagner has been charged with one count of felonious misconduct in office, a Class D felony.

She filed a written plea of not guilty last week in Mitchell County District Court and demanded a speedy trial. A jury trial is currently scheduled to start on February 28th.