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Craighead County Clerk arrested, charged with theft of public funds

On Monday, Arkansas State Police and Craighead County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested and charged a Craighead County Clerk with theft of public funds.

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. — According to a press release, District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Monday, June 29 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.

On Thursday, June 25, Ellington said he 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. 

Ellington said they 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.

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