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UNI Dome Concessions May Have Lost Thousands of Dollars

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The Iowa State Auditor says thousands of dollars may have been taken from the University of Northern Iowa's UNI Dome.

The audit, released Tuesday, came at the request of campus officials after former Assistant Concessions Director James Kehl was discovered with about $300 in cash following a women's basketball game in February 2012.

An initial investigation found video surveillance showing James removing the cash from the concessions' safe following the game, and a week later Kehl was arrested, at which time three bundles of $20 bills were found in his wallet.

The report says that while the money equaled that taken from the safe and caught on video tape, there was no way to prove the bundles of money were the same.

Kehl was fired on March 1, 2012, and later that year pleaded guilty to 4th degree theft charges and was ordered to pay fees, restitution and court costs.

But the report released today shows Keil's bank records show deposited more than $17,430 in cash when he worked at the facility from 2007 until his termination. The records also show the cash deposits, in even dollar amounts, were all made within five days of an event held at the UNI Dome, the McLeod Center or West Gym.

Because they were cash deposits, auditors couldn't determine how much of the money might have come from the concession stands, but the records also sow those cash deposits ended following his firing from the University.

The report has been turned over to the Division of Criminal Investigation, Black Hawk County Attorney's office and the State Attorney General's office.

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