A plea deal has been reached in the criminal case of a man accused of stealing money from a volunteer organization in Keokuk. Court records state Tyler McGhghy agreed to plead guilty to one count of forgery.
McGhghy was charged last year with one count of 2nd degree theft and four counts of forgery for allegedly writing about $3,100 in checks from K-Play without permission during his time as the organization’s president. K-Play raised money to build an accessible playground that is named in honor of McGhghy’s nephew.
An additional charge (1st degree theft) was filed against McGhghy several months ago. He was accused of misappropriating property (valued at more than $10,000) over which he had control or he held in trust.
The plea agreement states that in exchange for the single guilty plea, the remaining criminal charges against McGhghy will be dropped. He was facing two criminal trials this summer.
Lee County Attorney Ross Braden told Tri States Public Radio the state will not seek jail time, but McGhghy will have to repay the money. Braden said if McGhghy does not violate probation for five years, the felony conviction will be removed from his record.