County Judge: Theft exceeded $1 Million
JONESBORO, AR – The Craighead County clerk has been arrested for theft of public funds, several press releases confirmed Monday morning.
District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Monday the arrest of Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday.
“This morning, officers from the Arkansas State Police and Craighead County Sheriff’s Department arrested Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday,” Ellington said. “I have instructed my deputies to immediately file felony theft charges against him. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Grant DeProw will file a Felony Information charging multiple counts of Theft of Property in excess of $25,000 and one count of Abuse of Office, all of which are Class B felonies. He will also file a petition asking the Circuit Court to remove Holliday from office today.”
A press release from Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said that County Clerk Holliday personally received funds exceeding $1 million – since January of this year.
Ellington gave further details on the case.
“On Thursday, June 25th, I received an urgent phone call to meet with Craighead County Judge Marvin Day and auditors with the Division of Legislative Audit. The auditors had obtained and examined bank records that raised suspicion of theft of county funds from an account Holliday maintained in his official capacity as county clerk. We then met with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and requested they open the investigation which led to Holliday’s arrest. The investigation is ongoing and further details are limited.”
Holliday will be held in the custody of Sheriff Marty Boyd at the Craighead County Detention Center to await his first court appearance and bond hearing.
All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law
Press Release from County Judge Marvin Day
On or about June 25, 2020, County officials became aware of suspected activity regarding funds in the Payroll Account of Craighead County.
Craighead County Judge and Sheriff contacted the office of legislative audit to investigate the activity.
By and through the request of the Craighead County Sheriff’s office, 2nd Judicial Prosecuting Attorney requested the Arkansas State Police commence a criminal investigation. The investigation revealed that Kade Holliday, County Clerk of Craighead County, personally received monies in excess of one million dollars since January 2020.
The matter is currently under investigation by the Arkansas State Police.
Any further questions should be directed to the 2nd Judicial Prosecuting Attorneys Office