Presenter: ROB SAND, Iowa Auditor of State
In the short time since he took office, Rob Sand has certainly kept busy as Iowa Auditor of State. Our December Crossroads will focus on Rob's first year in the state office and his work around Medicaid privatization, financial fraud, state appeal board settlements, and Transparency Tuesdays.
No one else has prosecuted more of Iowa’s public corruption or major financial crime over the last decade. Rob Sand was named an Assistant Attorney General in September 2010 by Attorney General Tom J. Miller and spent much of his first 18 months investigating and prosecuting tax credit fraud related to Iowa’s filmmaking tax credit program. He was then recruited to Area Prosecutions, a small group of prosecutors who take on many of the state’s toughest cases. There, he became the youngest prosecutor in the Division and Iowa’s first-ever Assistant Attorney General focused on prosecuting financial crime.
Most recently, Rob led the nationwide lottery-fixing investigation that uncovered seven fixed lottery tickets across five states with total face values of nearly $25 million. He has prosecuted elected and appointed public officials and employees, attorneys, investment advisors, embezzlers, and those who exploit the elderly.
Rob was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa, where his first job was catching chickens. He found a passion for public service in high school, when he worked for two years to build a public skatepark. Rob graduated from Brown University, then chose to return to Iowa to attend Iowa Law School on a full merit scholarship. There, he also was the first student ever to be both a President of the Iowa Student Bar Association and an Editor-in-Chief of a law journal. Rob and his wife, also a small-town Iowa native, have two young sons.
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