By CHELSEA DAVIS
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — The case against the former Ottumwa Transit Authority director has been thrown out.
Pam Ward had been accused of using inflated ridership numbers in federal grant applications, which resulted in four federal charges of willfully making “materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” in grant applications between 2007-10.
On Monday, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa dismissed the indictment "without prejudice."
Following a report from the Iowa auditor's office two years ago, Ward was fired from her position as director of OTA (now Ottumwa Transit) and 10-15 Transit.
In a trial that ended on June 10 in Des Moines, the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision, resulting in a mistrial. A retrial date had been scheduled for Sept. 3 before the case was ultimately dismissed by the government.