- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Investigators have closed a year-long investigation into the possible theft of money from Mineral County Justice Court and will not pursue charges, the state Department of Justice said Thursday.

Agency officials said investigators were unable to prove who might have taken the missing $9,200 because the court lacked proper accounting and controls.

State officials say it’s conceivable that more than one person was involved.

Additional cases involving travel vouchers and campaigns still could be pursued by county officials, the Justice Department said. No further details were immediately available.

Mineral County Justice of the Peace Wanda James has been on voluntary, paid administrative leave during the investigation involving the missing money.

She has maintained her innocence and will return to work in the coming days, her attorney, Lance Jasper, said Thursday.

“Her name’s been cleared,” Jasper said. “It’s clear there were other people that had more opportunity to have taken the money, if any money was even taken.”

However, because of the negative publicity from the investigation, James has decided not to seek another term, Jasper said.

Mineral County Attorney Marcia Boris said she has not finished reviewing the state’s investigative report and has made no decision on whether any additional actions will be taken.

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