Creston woman accused of stealing more than $500,000 from car dealership

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Lyndsay Jo Huntsman photo from Iowa DCI

An Iowa car dealership allegedly lost more than a half-million dollars to a Creston woman accused of taking their money for about five years before she was arrested.

Lyndsay Jo Huntsman, 44, of Creston, was arrested when she turned herself in at the Union County Law Center on  Monday, January 26, 2015.  Huntsman was charged with felony ongoing criminal conduct and five counts of first-degree theft – one for each year in which she allegedly took money from Ford dealership Creston Automotive.

Investigators said Huntsman misappropriated more than $10,000 each year from January 2010 through December 2014 through”theft and/or embezzlement of funds” according to affidavits filed in Union County Court.  The alleged theft happened at the dealership address, the affidavits said.

“The investigation determined that in excess of $500,000 was missing from Creston Automotive accounts,” said a statement from Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger.

Court records showed Huntsman’s bond was set at $25,000.

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