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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2017

Attorney: plea agreement reached with Jack Schafer in Little League case

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | May 04, 2017

Washington County Attorney John Gish said that two people will plead guilty in a case involving missing funds from the Fairfield Little League.

On Monday, Catherine Schafer pleaded guilty to first degree theft, and agreed to pay about $35,000 in restitution to Fairfield Little League and $20,000 in restitution to Ann Gary, the club’s treasurer.

Gish said that Catherine’s husband Jack Schafer was also charged with a crime in the case.

Jack was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and aiding and abetting theft in the first degree, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Gish said Jack has a trial scheduled for May 23, though he does not believe the case will go to trial because the prosecution and defense reached an agreement on a plea bargain.

Gish said he was not able to disclose the terms of the plea agreement because it has not been made official yet. He said that, though Jack and Catherine were charged separately, their plea agreements were done in tandem.

“Part of the package the state offered them was that they would both plead guilty to something,” Gish said.

Gish and Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand have been prosecuting the cases against Catherine and Jack because of a conflict of interest between the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and Fairfield Little League.

Jack Schafer’s attorney is Larry Brock of Washington. He did not return a request for comment by press time.

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