The Ottumwa Courier

June 18, 2013

Date set in Pam Ward retrial

CHELSEA DAVIS
Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — A date has been set for the retrial of former Ottumwa Transit Authority Director Pam Ward.

On Tuesday, Ward, through her attorneys, filed a motion to continue her retrial date from July 8 to Sept. 3.

Ward has 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. 

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.

"Because of the shortness in length of time and the inability of parties to determine whether or not the witnesses for the government and [Ward] might be available on July 8, 2013, it is in the best interest of all parties that this matter be continued to a date certain to allow all necessary witnesses to be contacted or subpoened as required," according to court documents filed by Ward's attorneys.

Prosecutors did not object to the motion to continue the retrial date.