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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?

Guilty, Shackled, No Longer Barefoot

The shackled and sandal-clad feet of Colton Harris-Moore are shown as Harris-Moore, who is also known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” walks into an Island County Superior Courtroom on today in Coupeville, Wash. Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and theft charges in the Barefoot Bandit case. The 20-year-old softly answered affirmatively when the judge asked if he understood his rights. He said guilty when the judge asked how he wanted to plead. Story here. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Question: Anyone consider Colton Harris-Moore (aka “Barefoot Bandit”) to be a sort of anti-hero? And/or: Who will play Harris-Moore in the movie?

Hayden Library Patron Faces $2587 Fine

A Hayden Library patron with either a voracious appetite for reading or an insatiable need for information now faces some hefty overdue book fines. A grand theft charge might also await in the next chapter. Library director John Hartung reported Wednesday that a patron had checked out 124 books over a three-day period in May, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department says. The individual, whose identity was not released by the sheriff’s department, failed to return the books when they were due in mid-June. According to the report, the patron did not respond to letters sent by the library/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I'm a little at a loss re: why the Hayden Library allowed one person to check out 124 books over 3 days. How about you? Is the library partly to blame for this situation?

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.

Question: How closely are you following this case?

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