Circuit Clerk Faces Criminal Charges
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
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
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