Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Former Idaho County Chief Deputy Clerk Investigated For $139K Alleged Embezzlement

Sandra "Sandy" Martinson, 61, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is under investigation by authorities in Kootenai County for allegedly embezzling $138,905 from county coffers, where she had served as Chief Deputy Clerk for some 35 years. According to authorities, a routine financial review after Martinson retired last month revealed the irregularities. Details regarding the alleged misappropriation have not been released although it is believed the funds have gong missing over the past ten years.


Read the story here, here and here.

Update (1/13/11): Martinson was charged with one count of grand theft.

Update (8/20/11): Martinson, now 62, pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $139,000 from Kootenai County where she had served as the longtime clerk.  Martinson was accused of writing at least 212 checks to herself from a county account that required only one signature, between 2000 and 2010 ranging from $300 to $950.  She then attempted to cover up her thefts by altering the records.

Update (10/31/11): Martinson was sentenced to 90 days in prison.  She was also ordered to pay $49,075 in restitution. 

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