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Vinton woman arrested for embezzling almost $300,000

VINTON, Iowa (KWWL) – On September 23rd, 2019, the Vinton Police Department was reached by Ervin Motor Company in Vinton in regards to suspicious activity in their business checking account.

A subsequent investigation identified an employee of Ervin Motor Company, Kelly Ann Banghart (56) of Vinton. Banghart was listed as a suspect in a large amount of missing business funds over a multi-year period.

It was eventually determined that Banghart had stolen a total of $295,608.31 from the Ervin Motor Company’s bank account. This happened between May 2015 and August 2019 in order to make unauthorized payments towards her personal credit cards. Banghart admitted to investigators that she stole the money.

A criminal complaint was filed against Banghart for the following: Theft 1st Degree, Class C Felony, section 714.1 / 714.2(1) of the Code of Iowa. Banghart was booked and released from the Benton County Jail on October 3rd, 2019.

An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Photo courtesy: Benton County Sheriff’s Office

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