An Iowa sex offender unit employee who falsified her husband's work hours so he could collect over $57,000 in excess payments from 2019 to 2021 has pleaded guilty to theft in the second degree, a class D felony.
Renae Rapp, the employee, was ordered to serve two years of probation, the minimum for a felony in Iowa, and pay the state $57,252.04 in restitution, the total in excess pay she orchestrated for Adam Rapp, her husband.
In addition, Renae Rapp also was ordered to pay court costs and attorney's fees, prosecutors said in a news release Monday.
Previously:Audit says employee at Iowa sex offender unit falsified husband's work hours to collect more than $50,000
Rapp, working as an administrative assistant at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders in Cherokee County, manipulate records over 18 months to bill extra hours for her husband, according to a June 2021 investigative report by state Auditor Rob Sand's office.
The unit holds up to 150 "sexually violent predators" who have served their criminal sentences but remain in custody for treatment until a court deems them no longer likely to commit sexual violence.
According to the report, Adam Rapp, who had been a full-time psychiatric security specialist., resigned in June 2019. The following August, he was rehired as a temporary, part-time employee.
While full-time specialists perform multiple duties, he was scheduled only to transport residents to and from appointments and other locations, the auditor's report said. Between September 2019 and February 2021, Rapp was paid over $57,000 for working 1,896 hours, but was actually only owed about $4,400 for the hours he worked, the report said.
His wife used two methods to falsify his hours, according to the report.
Employees at the facility would punch in and out of work using an electronic key fob. The report stated that Rapp swiped her husband in when she left work and back out when she returned.
The second method was more complex. Being an administrative assistant, Rapp was one of a small number of people allowed to make changes to the unit's electronic time cards. Auditors said Rapp altered her husband's listed hours prior to uploading his time card to the state system used to issue paychecks.
The auditor's office began investigating the fraud in February 2021 after a supervisor questioned Adam Rapp's time sheet. The report said Renae Rapp confessed to acting alone in the fraud, the report said, and resigned from her job.
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Nina Baker is a news reporter at the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at NBaker@gannett.com or on Twitter @Nina_M_Baker.
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