Investigation & Audit Looking for Funds in Monticello District CourtJune 11th, 2008 by Joe Burgess
MonticelloLive recently received a news tip about an investigation taking place in regards to unaccounted for moneyÂ in the Monticello District Court.
District Judge, Ken Harper, told MonticelloLive, “no allegations of wrong-doing have been made or charged.Â The courts books are undergoing an audit.”
Judge Harper explained that the court involves two sets of records.Â Â The city’s records are being audited by Searcy and Associates, while the Drew County court financial records are under audit by the ArkansasÂ Dept. of Legislative Audit.
“A concern has been raised as to the proper credit of monies paid for fines”, the judge continued.
State police investigators referred all questions to Prosecuting Attorney, Thomas Deen.
In an interview with Deen this morning,Â he told MonticelloLive, “it appears there were someÂ unaccounted forÂ funds inÂ the (Monticello)Â District Court.”
Deen,Â in turn, contactedÂ the Arkansas State Police requesting an investigation be done.Â Deen said that as of this morning, the investigation is still pending, awaiting information to be returned to his office.
Judge Harper said, “appropriate steps have been takenÂ to address theÂ situation, but I’m not at liberty to address personell matters.”
He closed by adding, “If there is evidence of wrong-doing, we’ll take appropriate action at that time, based on information gained from the audit process.”