Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is in the Craighead County jail, facing theft of property and abuse of office charges. In a press release, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says Holliday was arrested Monday morning and state investigators plan to file felony theft charges against him. Holliday faces “multiple counts of Theft of Property in excess of $25,000 and one count of abuse of office.” There is also a petition to remove Holliday from his office immediately. Ellington says he received an urgent call to meet with County Judge Marvin Day and with state auditors. Officials allege that Holliday received monies in excess of one million dollars since January 2020. The funds reportedly came from an account that Holliday maintained in his official duties as county clerk. Holliday is being held in the Craighead County Detention Center and is awaiting his first court appearance and bond hearing. An investigation is continuing. The press release is found here. It is also found below:
Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday Arrested and Charged with Theft of Public Funds
JONESBORO, AR – District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Monday the arrest of Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday. Ellington said, “This morning, officers from the Arkansas State Police and Craighead County Sheriff’s Department arrested Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday. 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 $2,500 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 today.”
Ellington gave further details on the case, “On Thursday, June 25th, I 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. We then 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.
All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves.