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Dubuque Police investigate $53,000 theft at Dubuque library

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque Police are investigating the theft of almost $53,000 in fines and fees by a former Carnegie-Stout library employee.

Library Director Susan Henricks said the thefts have been happening the past six years, but discrepancies in the books became apparent just a few weeks ago.

"It wasn't identified earlier because our revenue had increased. So it wasn't a red flag, but it was taken from our revenue funds and those are revenue funds that we no longer have to contribute to the city," Henricks said Thursday.

Henricks said the employee suspected of theft was fired. Officials with the Dubuque Police Department said the case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Henricks said since the findings, the library has done an extensive internal audit for every library employee. Those findings found two other employees were waiving their own personal fines and fees, but in much smaller amounts. She said those employees have also been fired.

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