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Former county clerk who embezzled must repay more

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk who embezzled $139,000 over 10 years has been ordered, along with her husband, to repay the county another $69,500.

A federal bankruptcy judge awarded the county the civil judgment against former Chief Deputy Clerk Sandra Martinson and her husband Terry Martinson.

Sandra Martinson, 63, last fall also was ordered to pay the county $49,075 in restitution, serve 90 days in jail and spend five years on supervised probation. She spent 75 days in jail and was released Jan. 17.

Martinson’s actions were discovered after she retired in November 2010. She pleaded guilty to grand theft and was found guilty in Kootenai County District Court on Oct. 31, 2011.

County Clerk Cliff Hayes said today he’s waiting to hear from the Idaho State Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service on what actions they may take against Martinson.

“Neither agency has been forthcoming so far, though they each have legal remedies they could choose to exercise in this matter,” Hayes said.


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