- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Jefferson County clerk faces forgery and theft charges after an investigation found unauthorized bonuses were paid to county employees.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1CrDFj6 ) reports 67-year-old Patricia Royal Johnson was booked Wednesday into jail and was released without bond.

A Little Rock special prosecutor says Johnson is charged with 10 counts of forgery, one count of abuse of public trust and four counts of theft of property.

Messages seeking comment by the newspaper were left at Johnson’s office. A working phone number for her couldn’t be found.

An Arkansas Legislative Audit report released in February showed Johnson has issued more than $60,000 in bonuses to employees without seeking approval from the Quorum Court, which is required by law, since 2009.

An investigation is ongoing.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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