BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — A Jesup woman who worked for Juvenile Court Services is now facing charges after allegedly using more than $100,000 of the state’s money for her personal use.
Nicole Foelske, 36, of Jesup, worked for the First Judicial District as an accountant/auditor and then as a contract administrator. She was responsible for facilitating grants and programs for juvenile clients and making purchases to fund the programs.
Foelske was issued a credit card to make authorized purchases on behalf of the state.
While Foelske was on leave in 2019, the agency first discovered her alleged spending irregularities and questionable purchases.
The Iowa State Auditor’s Office opened an investigation.
The office determined from July of 2018 to October of 2019, Foelske made unauthorized purchases for items that included food, beverages and gift cards, ranging from $100 to $500.
She allegedly deposited the gift cards into a PayPal account, which was then funneled into her personal banking accounts.
According to court documents, Foelske deposited 438 gift cards for a total purchase price of $86,899. She then deposited $84,330.65 into her bank account.
She also allegedly used state money to make purchases on Amazon and had the products shipped to her house.
The Auditor’s Office found in total, Foelske was responsible for misspending $107,745.46 of state money.
Foelske is facing multiple charges, including ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and felonious misconduct in office.
Sheriff Tony Thompson said Foelske turned herself in to authorities. Her bail is set at $40,000 in cash or surety. She’s being held at Black Hawk County Jail.
The State Auditor’s Office and the FBI assisted the Sheriff’s Office.
You can read State Auditor Rob Sand’s full report on the special investigation below.