An Omaha woman took more than $10,000 from an Iowa program that provides hearing equipment to those who need it, according to a report released by the Iowa Auditor's Office on Thursday.
Janet Killam, 63, pleaded guilty in August to a charge of third-degree fraudulent practice, an aggravated misdemeanor. She has paid the money back and was given one year of probation. If she completes it successfully, her record will be expunged, according to court records.
The auditor's office says Killam, a telecommunications equipment dealer and a vendor of hearing equipment, obtained vouchers for hearing equipment as part of the Telecommunications Access Iowa Program. The state program provides vouchers to applicants to cover 95 percent of the average cost of specialized equipment useful to the hard-of-hearing.
Killam, according to the auditor's office, filled out the vouchers as if she had delivered equipment to hearing-impaired customers, resulting in state payments to her, but she did not do so, instead keeping the money.
The payments were made between June 2004 and August 2012, resulting in her receiving $10,777, the auditor's office says.
Iowa investigators were alerted to the situation by Nebraska authorities, according to the state audit. Killam was prosecuted in Des Moines.
Killam and her attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The audit recommends the Iowa Utilities Board, which oversees the program, verify applicants are eligible, verify that the vouchers were received and periodically examine the program to make sure it is operating as intended.