Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Former Weldon clerk pleads guilty to theft

  • Andrea M. Adams, 26, has pled guilty to one count of theft of property, a class B felony, after authorities say she misappropriated over $47,000 in city funds between January 1, 2010 and October 9, 2012.
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  • As previously reported, Adams resigned from office October 9, 2012 after an audit was performed by the Arkansas Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. Audit results show Adams issued unauthorized checks to herself ($7,700); cashed, rather than deposited business franchise tax checks issued to the town ($14,489) and cashed town checks she issued to other funds ($25,704). Adams was ordered to repay the Town of Weldon $47,893, the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit $1,600 for their investigative expenses, and a $2,500 fine to Jackson County. According to Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, Adams paid $25,000 at the time of her plea and will pay the remainder in monthly installments of $250 per month. Adams will serve 10 years of supervised probation.
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