LITTLE ROCK—A federal grand jury has indicted former Craighead County Clerk Jacob Kade Holliday for allegedly taking more than $1.4 million in county money for his personal use. Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Little Rock Field Office, announced the indictment of Holliday, 32, of Jonesboro.
The indictment, which was returned by the grand jury late on December 1, 2020, alleges that Holliday, as the elected County Clerk in Craighead County, served as the official bookkeeper of county government. In that capacity, Holliday was tasked with keeping an accurate account of all financial transactions within the county. The funds Holliday controlled included county payroll tax obligations as well as employment retirement contributions.
According to the indictment, from January 29, 2020, to June 24, 2020, Holliday transferred money from the Craighead County Clerk’s banking account to his own personal and business accounts. He then allegedly obtained cashier’s checks in approximately the same amounts and further converted them to his own use.
“We take all allegations of undermining public trust very seriously,” stated U.S. Attorney Hiland. “In this case and in all potential cases, any reports of public corruption will be thoroughly investigated by our office with the help of our law enforcement partners.”
“Without the diligent efforts of our partners at the Arkansas State Police, Mr. Holliday’s alleged theft of over $1.4 million from the citizens of Craighead County would not have been uncovered,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Upchurch. “Every day, we work closely with our state partners to protect Arkansans from crimes like the ones alleged in this case.”
Holliday is charged with 11 counts of wire fraud; one for each of the 11 transactions he made during the time alleged in the indictment. Holliday will appear before United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe for plea and arraignment on December 17, 2020. The maximum penalty for wire fraud is not more than 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.
The FBI and the Arkansas State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Allison W. Bragg is prosecuting the case.
An indictment only contains allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.