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Court Ups Martinson Restitution

County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho has awarded Kootenai County a civil judgment against former Chief Deputy Clerk Sandra K. Martinson and her husband Terry Martinson.   (The judgment is attached.) “The taxpayers of Kootenai County will receive another $69,505 repayment in addition to the $49,075 Mrs. Martinson was ordered to repay by the Court last fall,” said Hayes. Mrs. Martinson pled guilty to Grand Theft, was found guilty in Kootenai County District Court on October 31, 2011, and served 60 days in jail for her crime. Hayes continued, “I’m still waiting for the State Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to tell me their intended actions against Mrs. Martinson; neither agency has been forthcoming so far, though they each have legal remedies they could choose to exercise in this matter”/Kootenai County clerk's news release. More here.

Question: I don't understand these embezzlement cases involving someone with much to lose, including reputation. Do you?


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