Prosecutors to drop charges against Sioux City contractor

2013-12-11T22:30:00Z 2014-09-06T22:11:56Z Prosecutors to drop charges against Sioux City contractorMOLLY MONTAG Sioux City Journal
December 11, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

SIOUX CITY | Prosecutors have asked that charges against a Sioux City contractor accused of illegally receiving money from the Iowa Department of Transportation be dismissed. He'll also testify in the ongoing legal case. 

The contractor, Grady Marx, 60, was charged with felony theft, ongoing criminal conduct, conspiracy to commit a felony and money laundering.

Assistant Attorney General Robert Sand on Monday filed court documents requesting the charges be dismissed. Marx will cooperate with the state's prosecution of others charged in the case, provide evidence and pay $100,000 in restitution, according to a copy of the motion provided by Marx's attorneys.

State investigators had said Marx was part of a $500,000 money-laundering and kick-back scheme involving Iowa Department of Transportation land sales and contracts.

A task force accused Marx of getting money from the DOT for mowing land he did not mow and paying some of the money back to David Wiegel, an Iowa DOT official also charged in the case. 

Wiegel, of Nevada, Iowa, oversaw land acquisitions for the state transportation agency. He and his son, Jason Wiegel, also of Nevada, still faces charges in the case.

Investigators accused Marx of illegally getting $237,000. David Wiegel collected $240,000 and Jason Wiegel took $100,000, police said.

Marx believes prosecutors filed charges against him because of past business dealings with Iowa DOT departments involved in the alleged scam.

"I got drug in as if I was part of that, and I was not," he said.

Court documents do not say when a judge will rule on the motion to dismiss the charges.

Marx said he'll focus on regaining business lost after charges were filed. 

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