A Bremer County judge has ordered a woman to prison after she admitted to stealing money from a Waverly business last year.
Jennifer Sue Mohlis, 40, of Tripoli, pled guilty to first-degree theft, a Class C felony, for stealing nearly $163,000 from Elsamiller Electric prior to May 2, 2018. She was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and was ordered to be taken to the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville to begin her term.
She also received a suspended $1,000 fine but was ordered to pay a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative surcharge, which was payable in $50 minimum installments every 30 days.
Mohlis admitted to Waverly police investigators, according to court records, that she took the company’s credit cards and used its bank account over the prior two years at a minimum.
At the time of her arrest on May 10, 2018, police found that she had taken at least $50,000. That amount eventually more than tripled to $162,999.73 in Bremer County, according to District Court Judge Chris Foy’s ruling.
Additionally, Mohlis pled guilty in Black Hawk County to a separate charge of unauthorized use of a credit card. Judge William Wegman sentenced her to a suspended 180-day jail term with a similarly suspended $625 fine and placed on probation for one to two years.
In addition to the Bremer County restitution, Judge Foy ordered $2,234.62 in restitution be paid through Black Hawk County to Elsamiller on the unauthorized credit card use charge.
Mohlis’ attorney, Kevin Engels of the Cedar Falls firm Correll, Sheerer Benson, Engels, Galles & Demro filed an appeal of Foy’s sentence. A hearing on the appeal is pending.