Auditor hands county check for ex-clerk’s theft

CLAY COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering recovered $69,220.76, and presented a check in the amount of $57,512.99, to the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office following an investigation into former Circuit Clerk Bobbie Davis’ misappropriations of public funds.

The amount returned represents $49,503.57 in principal costs, $8,009.42 in interest and $11,707.77 in investigative costs.

The Auditor’s Office, which began its investigation in 2003, found that Davis misappropriated county funds by not settling monies, which were receipted into her office. Davis used these funds to pay fees to herself as well as to make a down payment on a vehicle. Davis worked for Clay County in both part-time and full-time positions, prior to being elected circuit clerk in 1995. These funds represent a civil settlement from the bond company on behalf of the circuit clerk. As circuit clerk, Davis had the responsibility to account for all taxpayer funds handled by her office.

Davis was found not guilty for criminal intent, but she remained responsible to the taxpayers for misspending $49,503.57 in funds for her 2000-2004 term as circuit clerk.

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