Employee steals thousands from district court clerk's office

Jill Cagle (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)
Jill Cagle (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A former Randolph County District Court employee was arrested recently on a felony charge of theft of property.

It was a yearly, routine audit that raised red flags to the theft. Discrepancies discovered by state auditors with the Division of Legislative Audit.

According to a probable cause affidavit, auditors found deposits were being made for money collected at random dates. That money was also randomly deposited into the banking account.

When auditors went to the office to straighten things out, Court Clerk, Jill Cagle, gave auditors all of the money the office had at that time, then told them she left a money bag at her home and went to get it.

Auditors reported Cagle drove at excessive speeds as if she were trying to get away from them and once she got to her house, she told auditors the money bag was in her car, under the seat and went back to the office.

She did give auditors the money bag there and they shortly realized $2,149 was still missing.

Arkansas State Police then got in on the investigation, where Cagle admitted she had taken the money and used it for personal expenses.

Cagle explained to investigators that she used the money to pay her rent and utilities at her home.

Auditors determined Cagle had been taking the cash, intended for the Court Clerk's office, since June 28, 2013.

Cagle was charged with theft of property, a class D felony.

She is set to appear in court again on February 3.

Her position as Court Clerk has since been filled.

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