UPDATED: Wright County Collector To Step Down Following Conviction and Sentencing on Forgery Charges
The Wright County Collector, Cynthia Cottengim has steped down from that office following her conviction and sentencing on three felony charges. Cottengim was sentenced in Wright County Circuit Court Tuesday by Judge Elizabeth Bock.
Cottengim was convicted after pleading guilty to three class C felony counts of forgery. Cottengim admittedly paid her daughter through another party for work at the collector’s office. Court documents say that Cottengim forged documents to have checks written to an employee’s daughter, who would then turn the money over to Cottengim’s daughter. Cottengim told investigators that she believed she had committed only nepotism as she said the money was for work that her daughter actually did.
She was sentenced to 1 year probation, $477-dollars restitution to the county treasury, and to tender immediate resignation from county office.