A heartland attorney is facing felony charges as the result of an ongoing investigation.
On Thursday, October 10, arrest warrants were issued for 60 year-old Ney McDaniel.
McDaniel is charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, (Class B Felony), Theft in the First Degree, (Class C Felony), and Fraudulent Practice in the First Degree, (Class C felony).
McDaniel is a former contract defense attorney for the State of Iowa Public Defender's Office.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the warrants issued Thursday in connection with a July audit that questioned his billing practices.
The audit identified more than $177,000 of improper disbursement to McDaniel. In one case, he claimed to have worked 24 hours or more in a single day during 80 days.
The audit shows McDaniel took in $1.1 million from 2005 through March 2011, when his contract was terminated.