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WATERLOO (KWWL) - A director of a non-profit homeless shelter will stay in charge, despite accusations of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.

Director Joni Hansen with the Cedar Valley Hospitality House entered an Alford plea, admitting there would be enough to convict her of stealing nearly $43,000 from the house. Authorities say she used the money to gamble at the Isle Casino in Waterloo.

In getting reaction to Hansen staying as director, people say they aren't happy. Benjamin Jeffery says he goes to the house a couple of times a week. KWWL asked him if he thinks Hansen should still work there.

"No, no, no. It's a serious possibility to put somebody else over there."

Others who use the home's services agreed.

"No, because if something like that happens one time, it'll happen again." Dennis Quinn said, a client of the hospitality house.

KWWL tried getting a comment from both volunteers and Hansen herself Thursday, but in multiple attempts via phone calls and an in-person visit to the home, Hansen wouldn't comment to KWWL. Volunteers also said they had no comment.

Hansen originally faced up to ten years in prison for her charges. Instead, the Alford plea and deferred judgement gives her two to five years probation, and orders her to pay restitution.


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