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"Operation Landlord" nabs Sioux City businessman


A year-and-a-half investigation of a large-scale theft and money laundering operation puts a Sioux City businessman behind bars.

Saturday morning, authorities executed warrants in three counties in central and western Iowa in what they're calling "Operation Landlord."

They say 59-year-old Grady Marx collected money from the Iowa Department of Transportation for mowing lawns and other maintenance he did not perform.

Warrants were executed in four different locations in Woodbury, Polk, and Story counties.

Authorities say the money-laundering scheme was orchestrated by 56-year old David Weigel, of Nevada, Iowa, a former Iowa DOT employee.

They say the two men conspired to steal more than 400-thousand dollars from the state.

Marx, is a member of Sioux City's Airport Board of Trustees, and has served as vice-chairman.

He is charged with theft, conspiracy, money laundering, and criminal conduct.

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