Iowa Teacher Union Official Charged with Theft

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A retired, 30-year veteran Waterloo teacher and treasurer of the Waterloo Education Association has been charged with embezzling money from that NEA local affiliate.   Anthony Dehl has been charged with wire fraud.  Jeff Reinitz has the story on the Courier online.

Court records allege Dehl took $54,254 from the Waterloo Education Association’s credit union accounts over about five years, some of which was used for gambling.

Dehl made unauthorized wire transfers and cash withdrawals from the accounts, debit card purchases and made out checks to cash, records state. He used the money for his own purposes, making purchases at convenience stores and spending it on gambling, records state.

He allegedly covered his tracks by filling out false treasurer reports and reports to the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, records state.

The Waterloo Education Association is the bargaining unit that represents teachers, counselors, nurses and other employees. Dehl earned about $1,000 a year as the organization’s treasurer, according to financial records.