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Garwin residents stunned after city clerk arrested for stealing

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GARWIN (KWWL) - Authorities arrested a former Garwin city clerk accused of embezzling more than half a million dollars on Tuesday -- and the city's residents are none too pleased.

Anna Leytham worked as Garwin's city clerk -- and now faces five counts of first-degree theft and one count of ongoing criminal conduct.

The audit report is 104 pages long. It details every unaccounted dollar from the town of Garwin.

Garwin's residents are not happy.

"We pay our bills. We strive, we struggle, and to have that happen is unbelievable," said Phyllis Konicek of Garwin.

Half a million dollars -- gone from the city of Garwin, and Anna Leytham as City Clerk had access to the money.

"It's somebody that you know, and it's somebody that you trust to be a loyal person to the community," said Konicek. "She's lived here a long time, and I was born and raised here. I would do anything for my town, and I have."

And it's a big blow to the town of only about 600 people.

"Our streets, the repairs ... the water lines are still the same water lines that have been in here forever and the sewer lines are the same," said Konicek.The close-knit community of Garwin means a lot to Konicek, who's been making hundreds of baked goods to sell at the town's fish fry tonight.

"We are not a rich community by any means, our people are not rich people, and so it's taking from us and taken from our families," she said.

But this is something that does not catch her by surprise.

"I just had a feeling something was going wrong," Konicek said. "They never had any money to do anything, and they couldn't pay their bills -- other small towns can pay their bills, what's happening that we can't pay ours?"

One thing is for sure, she says -- the town will come back from this.

"I know we will -- I'll do my part," said Konicek.

The state audit says, of the money missing, $400,000 went to Leytham's credit card accounts, while another $145,000 were payments that she issued to herself.

The DCI continues to investigate at this time.

Related story: http://www.kwwl.com/story/29337333/2015/06/16/former-garwin-city-clerk-facing-embezzlement-charges
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