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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.


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?

OpenCda:New allegations from anonymous source

Moving this up from yesterday as new information has been forthcoming.

At Open Cda commenter Appalled says: “Over a year ago I formally complained by affidavit to the BOCC and Barry McHugh regarding among other things Sandy Martinson’s operation of a bank account in an unapproved depository, writing checks with one signature, these accounts not controlled being by the treasurer, and funds held for months at a time in some cases over a year before transfer when it was required immediately. This involved numerous inaccuracies, voided checks, and more left unchecked and at no time did the above respond.

I also complained formally to the outside auditor giving copies of checks and transactions but he would never audit these accounts or reply” Read full comment here.

Looks like this mess could get even uglier. Thoughts?

$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?

Recently retired Kootenai County employee suspected of embezzlement

Coeur d’Alene police are investigating a suspected long-term pattern of embezzlement by Kootenai County’s recently retired chief deputy clerk, a county employee for almost 35 years.

Kootenai County’s top elected officials announced in a news conference late Tuesday that a routine review of Sandy Martinson’s records upon her retirement last month revealed irregularities that led them to notify authorities.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has been investigating the situation for a month. Bonner County will handle the expected prosecution due to Martinson’s former employment with Kootenai County, said county Clerk Dan English.

English said he understands Martinson has made a statement to the police, but he doesn’t know what was said. He sat ashen-faced Tuesday with the three county commissioners in the Board of Commissioners meeting room. Alison Boggs/SR Read more.

Here's an update.

Martinson is suspected of suspected of embezzling $138,905 over a 10-year period ending in October.

What a sad turn of events. What motivates those in a position of trust to steal from their employers?

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