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Drew County Circuit Clerk Faces Criminal Charges

Arkansas

Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen has charged Drew County Circuit Clerk Pat Savage Montgomery with theft of property, falsification of business records and abuse of office following a report by the Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.

A letter from the committee dated October 5 2012 said that their audit indicated "Circuit Clerk Fee Account cash receipts exceeded cash bank deposits by $18,253 for the period January 1, 2008, through September 14, 2012. Unreceipted checks were substituted for cash receipts in bank account deposits.

The letter said Circuit Clerk Pat Savage-Montgomery indicated she misappropriated the funds during an interview with Division of Legislative Audit staff on August 22, 2012."

Theft of property for this amount is a felony in Arkansas. Savage-Montgomery will also face misdemeanor charges for falsification of business records and abuse of office.

For more on this:

The full Division of Legislative Audit report will be presented to the legislature's Standing Committee on Counties and Municipalities  and will be public information, accessible at www.arklegaudit.gov

Posted 10-16-12


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