A cash surety has been posted for a former Booneville District Court clerk authorities believe stole over $5,000 during 2012 has been according to 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II.
A warrant was issued in September of 2014 for Amanda Denea Barr, 38, for a charge of theft of property but 15th Tatum II was of the belief Barr was somewhere in California or somewhere else. She has since been located prompting the posting of the surety on her behalf.
However she did not appear on Friday’s court docket in Booneville.
“She’s supposed to be coming back to start the criminal proceedings,” said Tatum. “If she doesn’t they’ll forfeit that money and we’ll issue another arrest warrant for her.”
In the meantime the county will have gotten the money it was seeking in restitution Tatum said. But that is only part of the benefit of the surety.
“It would nearly cost us as much to bring her back as the restitution we’re seeking,” said Tatum.
In 2014 Tatum also declined to comment on what led to the investigation and he continues to do so.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit for Barr the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit performed an audit of the Booneville District Court financial records and “determined that $5,343 had been unlawfully taken by the defendant” in 2012.
Because the amount allegedly taken is more than $5,000 but less than $25,000 Barr was wanted for a Class C felony.