GRANGEVILLE – A clerk terminated from the Idaho County District Court Office in August has been charged with a felony in connection with a series of alleged thefts committed earlier this year.
Lindsay N. Greig, 26, of Grangeville, is set for arraignment today, Dec. 11, in Magistrate Court on a charge of misuse of public money by a public officer or employee.
According to court documents unsealed last week, Greig, as an Idaho County court clerk, is alleged to have made several false entries into the court account between March and July, specifically refunds that were not actually provided to members of the public. The amount believed involved in this case – other than it was more than $300 — was not released in the charging documents.
Greig was hired Feb. 12, 2007, as a deputy clerk for the court, and she was terminated from the position Aug. 6 of this year. Investigation into these alleged thefts was initially handled by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) and turned over – due to potential conflict of interest issues – to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office (IAG).
From a September Idaho County Free Press story, ICSO Detective Jerry Johnson explained the thefts were committed on cash payments for court-ordered fines made to the clerk’s office. Funds were reportedly stolen from cash payments mailed to the office; and in another method the suspect would take a payment and later void the transaction on the excuse the person had changed his or her mind on the payment or wanted a refund, and then pocket the cash. Since this incident, court office procedures have changed, including requiring two clerks to authorize a transaction void, and ensuring clerk’s computer login and password information is kept secure.
According to Idaho County Clerk Kathy Ackerman, the county’s insurer, ICRMP, has paid on the claim submitted for the money amount suspected involved in this incident: $3,375, minus the county’s $1,000 deductible. This claim amount was based on documents and receipts the county believed were involved in this theft incident, she said. However, Ackerman clarified this process is separate from the ongoing IAG prosecution that will determine its own dollar total on the theft, and as a result what restitution – if any – should be sought in its case.
Due to potential conflicts of interest with this case, prosecution is being handled by IAG Deputy Attorney General Jason Slate Spillman; and today’s arraignment is being conducted by Nez Perce County Judge Kent J. Merica.