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Hospitality House director accused of stealing donations

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The director of the Cedar Valley Hospitality House is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in donations.

Joni Hansen, 59, is charged with two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft.

Hansen was arrested Tuesday after law enforcement conducted a year-long investigation

In August 2012, a report was filed accusing Hansen of misusing Hospitality House funds. Authorities say Hansen took more than $40,000 out of the organization's bank account at an ATM located inside The Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo.

According to the criminal complaint, Hansen admitted to using the Hospitality House's account as her own, saying she closed her personal account and mingled the money. But investigators say the deposits were donations to the organization.

The Cedar Valley Hospitality House is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the homeless. It opened in 2009 in Waterloo.

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