December trial set for Yell County couple accused of theft

DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a December trial for two former employees of Yell County Emergency Management Services accused of theft.
Prosecutors charged Sidney and Donna Ward, who are married, after a legislative audit found more than $680,000 in unauthorized and undocumented payments. Sidney Ward, who was the agency's director, was charged with six counts of felony theft, while Donna Ward, who was secretary, was charged with six counts of felony theft, computer fraud, tampering with evidence and an unlawful act involving computers.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Courier newspaper in Russellville reports ( that Special Judge Brad Karren this week scheduled a Dec. 15 trial.
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