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City Hall Suspect Stole Before

The Coeur d'Alene finance employee fired for allegedly embezzling city funds had been convicted for stealing an Oregon company's money years ago. Sheryl Lynn Carroll, 51 - who was fired July 24 after she failed to show up for a personnel meeting to discuss allegations she transferred city money into her personal accounts - pleaded guilty to first-degree theft March 21, 1983, in Deschutes County for stealing from Everett Turner Realtors, the real estate office where she worked in Bend, Ore. “It was difficult for me,” said Everett Turner when he was reached by The Press this week. Turner had hired Carroll in 1980 and caught her stealing in December 1982. “We trusted her. She was like a member of the family. The whole office, 14 people, and she stole from every single one of them.” According to Deschutes County court records, as part of her guilty plea, two counts of forgery were dismissed against Carroll, who had the last name Anderson at the time/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How prevalent do you think embezzlement is?

Press Pinpoints City Hall Suspect

Item: Records request to Coeur d'Alene City Hall pinpoints embezzlement suspect/Tom Hasslinger, Press

JohnA: $48,600 a nice salary to just throw away, well in excess of what the county pays for similar positions. When you throw in six weeks vacation and three weeks sick leave, plus 11 paid holidays per year and the opportunity to retire at 55 with a great pension, it makes you wonder what would drive someone to do what she’s accused of. Whereas I feel sorry for the employee’s family, I’m glad the audit processes in place at the city discovered the suspicious activity and brought it to an end. I’m curious to see how it was done, as a warning to other entities in this age of electronic transfers.

Joker: Six weeks of vacation. Three weeks of sick leave. Is there any private employer in Idaho that gives such a sweet deal?

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Reporter Ferrets Out City Hall Suspect

By process of elimination, The Press has determined who’s accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the city of Coeur d’Alene. A public records request from The Press shows Sheryl Carroll as the Finance Department employee who was fired Tuesday. The request, submitted Tuesday, asked for a list of all city finance employees on Friday, July 20, and a list of all finance employees on Wednesday, July 25. Carroll was the only employee who was not on both lists. The investigation of the alleged embezzlement, headed by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, is still open, and the city is not releasing the name of the employee because of personnel rules. Asked Wednesday whether any other city finance employee has left the department in the last few weeks other than the terminated position, City Attorney Mike Gridley said there hadn’t been/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: Attaboy, Tom …

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City Investigates Possible Theft

Item: City probes theft possibility: Employee has been placed on leave, investigation continues/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The City of Coeur d'Alene has placed an employee in its Finance Department on administrative leave and asked the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department and Kootenai County prosecutor to investigate the possibility that funds have been embezzled. The city is not naming the employee now, nor does it know how much money has gone missing. But officials believe the amount is “in the thousands of dollars” and that the transactions involve wire transfers and a federal bank, which could bring the Secret Service into the investigation. … Gridley did say that the employee, who has worked for the city since around 2002, was involved in payroll processing. The employee is the only one involved in the investigation, and believed to be the only person who benefited financially.

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CdA Suspects Worker Embezzlement

The City of Coeur d'Alene has placed an employee in its Finance Department on administrative leave and asked the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Kootenai County Prosecutor to investigate the possibility that funds have been embezzled. The city is not naming the employee now, nor does it know how much money has gone missing. But officials believe the amount is “in the thousands of dollars” and that the transactions involve wire transfers and a federal bank, which could bring the Secret Service into the investigation/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Ex-Deputy Clerk Martinson Sentenced

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk who embezzled $139,000 over 10 years will begin serving a 90-day jail sentence on Thursday, the day before her 63rd birthday.  First District Judge Fred Gibler on Monday imposed a 90-day jail sentence on Sandra Martinson, whose actions were discovered following her retirement last November. Gibler also sentenced Martinson to pay $49,075 in restitution and to serve five years of supervised probation. Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall, who handled the case due to Martinson’s three-decade career with Kootenai County, said the restitution represents “every penny” possible considering a five-year statute of limitations. Martinson’s embezzlement spanned the 10 years ending last October. Under a plea arrangement, Martinson will repay the money at the rate of $1,000 per month/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

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Sandra Martinson pleads guilty

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzling $139,000 over 10 years pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of grand theft.

Sandra Martinson, 62, retired in November from her career with the county, which spanned more than three decades. The embezzlement is alleged to have occurred for 10 years, ending in October.

Because of Martinson’s long employment with Kootenai County, Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall is handling the case. Alison Boggs, SR  More.

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Sandy Martinson pleads not guilty

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzling $139,000 from her employer over a 10-year period has pleaded not guilty to a grand theft charge.

Sandy Martinson, 62, entered the plea Monday in 1st District Court. Her attorney, Frederick Loats, estimated in court documents that a trial would last three days.

Grand theft is punishable by up to 14 years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

County officials said that when Martinson retired in November, a routine review of records revealed irregularities that led the county to suspect embezzlement.

Due to Martinson’s more than three-decade career with Kootenai County, Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall is handling the case. Alison Boggs, SR

 

 

Report: County Bad Checks Easy To Spot

Item: Police: Bad checks easy to spot: County official used correction fluid to hide thefts, detectives say/Meghann Cuniff, SR

More Info: A former Kootenai County chief deputy clerk accused of stealing nearly $140,000 over 10 years used correction fluid to try to cover her crimes, a police report alleges. Detectives easily spotted the county checks Sandra Kay Martinson, 62, deposited into her personal account – they say all were less than $1,000 and in even $5 increments, while legitimate checks were for larger, uneven amounts.

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Martinson To Face Grand Theft Count

Item: Ex-official for Kootenai County charged:Retired deputy clerk for Kootenai County accused of embezzling $139,000/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: One count of grand theft was filed Wednesday against a former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzlement. “A summons … for Ms. Martinson should have been issued this morning,” said Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney Louis Marshall, who filed the charges in Kootenai County 1st District Court. Sandy Martinson, 62, is accused of embezzling $139,000 from Kootenai County over a 10-year period ending in October. She retired in November from her more than three-decade career with the county.

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$139,000 missing

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene police investigating a suspected case of embezzlement by a former longtime Kootenai County employee have determined about $139,000 is unaccounted for from a 10-year period.

Coeur d'Alene detectives received a report Dec. 7 from Kootenai County Clerk-Auditor Dan English of an employee - named by English as chief deputy clerk Sandy Martinson - possibly embezzling money. David Cole, Cda Press More here.

Alison Boggs SR story:

Kootenai County’s former chief deputy clerk is suspected of embezzling $138,905 over 10 years, ending in October, the month before she retired, Coeur d’Alene police said Wednesday.

Sandy Martinson, 62, has not been charged or arrested. Coeur d’Alene police, however, sent a formal request for charges to the Bonner County prosecutor, who is handling the case because Martinson worked for Kootenai County. Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall said he hopes to make a decision by late next week. Potential charges include grand theft and felony misuse of public funds, Marshall said.

The suspected theft highlights a funding loophole within the county that commissioners and the finance director say they are trying to close. More.

Life in a small town has many wonderful benefits. It also has it's drawbacks in that when things like this occur, people are quick to take sides based on who they know instead of the information being presented.

Why do you think the Lake City has seen so much political turmoil recently?

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