A former Westfield city clerk was placed on probation Monday, Jan. 4 for the theft of more than $70,000 of city funds.

Angela Sorensen, 51, of Akron, entered an Alford plea in Plymouth County District Court to first-degree theft. Under an Alford plea, a defendant admits no guilt, though a guilty plea is entered into the court record.

A 10-year prison sentence was suspended and Sorensen was placed on probation for five years. The judge ordered her to pay restitution of $7,781– the amount not covered by the city’s insurance carrier – and complete 50 hours of community service.

An Iowa State Auditor’s review of the town’s finances from Jan. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2017, found more than $74,000 in undeposited utility collections and improper payments. Sorensen was the city clerk from May 2013 until her resignation in August 2017.

Among the findings, state investigators identified $39,970 of estimated undeposited utility collections, $13,679 in excess wages and benefits paid to Sorensen and $4,272 of unauthorized checks issued to her.