Circuit Clerk Charged with Theft, Falsifying Records & Abuse of Office – Issues StatementOctober 11th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
The court documents filed state…..
I “acuse Pat Savage of the offenses of (1) Theft of Property; (2; Falsification of Busioess Records; and (3) Abuse of Office, and that the said defendant in Drew County, Arkansas, unlawfully:
COUNT ONE – THEFT OF PROPERTY: On or about the period from January 1, 2008, through July 2,2012, did knowingly take or exercise unauthorized control over the property of the office of the Drew County Circuit Clerk valued in excess of $5,000.
COUNT TWO – FALSIFICATION OF BUSINESS RECORDS: On or about the period from January 1, 2008, through July 2,2012, with the purpose to defraud, did omit to make a true entry in the business of records of a governmental enterprise in violation of a duty to do so that she knew to be imposed on her by law or by the nature of her position.
COUNT THREE . ABUSE OF OFFICE: On or about the penod from January 1, 2008, through Juty 2,2012, being a public servant and with the purpose of benefitting herself in a pecuniary fashion, did knowingly omit to perform a duty imposed on her clearly inherent in the nature of the office of Drew County Circuit Clerk.
The specific amount of funds in questions at the root of the charges is $18,263 in funds. The investigation began out of the regular county audit.
Mrs Montgomery did provide a statement for MLive readers,
“I have not received any notice of charges being filed against me. I have passed all previous audits under at least 5 different auditors. I was notified of problems in the Recorder Cost Fund and presented documents. It’s is not county general money. I turned over numerous highlighted receipts to the auditors. They evidently choose not to look at them. I am the circuit clerk and take responsibility. I will correct any problems that have been found. I love being your circuit clerk and am proud of the progress that has been made in that office. I have received over $55,000 in grants to help upgrade the office and continued to save money for the county by using the Recorder Cost Fund to run the office. I apologize to the people of Drew County for any mistakes and ask for prayers. ”
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