Former Craighead County employee sentenced to 10 years for theft from non-profit organization

Former Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday pleaded guilty Monday in circuit court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and nearly $ 14,000 in restitution for robbing a local nonprofit and falsified alcoholic beverage control requests, according to court records and prosecutor Keith Chrestman.

“The sentence is a significant upward variance for the offense,” Chrestman said in a released statement. “So I thank Assistant District Attorney Charlene Davidson, who sued Holliday, for a positive outcome.”

Holliday pleaded guilty to four counts of theft of property and one count of counterfeiting. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison for two convictions for theft and 120 months for forgery, records show. The sentences must be carried out simultaneously. Two of the convictions are accompanied by a suspension of the sentence of 72 months, which will also be carried out simultaneously.

Restitution of $ 13,963, court costs of $ 150 and costs of $ 40 are to be paid in installments of $ 150, according to court records. He also says Holliday will be taken into custody at the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office on December 10.

The convictions stem from nearly $ 14,000 he stole while managing money for the Northeast Arkansas Leadership Business Council, according to a previous report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Court records at the time showed that the organization had discovered missing funds from club dues, membership dues and money from fundraising.

A search warrant revealed that Holliday had withdrawn or transferred all funds to his personal bank account, leaving just $ 6 in the association’s First National Bank account.

Holliday also faces multiple federal wire fraud charges for allegedly embezzling over $ 1.6 million in Craighead County funds while he was the county clerk. He is scheduled to appear in Little Rock U.S. District Court the week of February 22, according to a court order.

“Mr. Holliday is pleased that the charges against the state have been resolved and is ready to begin his sentence for the state case,” his defense attorney, Dustin McDaniel said Monday. “He will continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice and we will work to resolve his federal case in the coming weeks. “

A judge previously ordered Holliday to repay the county more than $ 1.4 million of the $ 1.6 million missing. He is accused of transferring funds from the county wage deduction account to his personal bank account on a dozen occasions.

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