JONESBORO — A judge has rescheduled a hearing in a civil lawsuit filed against former Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday.
Holliday was arrested June 29 on charges he stole more than $25,000 in 13 different instances between Jan. 23 and June 24. County officials said they learned of Holliday’s mishandling of public funds on June 25.
The Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit told Judge Marvin Day that Holliday, in his official capacity as county clerk, transferred county funds “in excess of one million dollars” into a private bank account, documents indicate.
In the civil lawsuit, filed the same day as Holliday’s arrest, the county seeks to recover almost $1.6 million in taxpayer money by seizing property Holliday may have obtained with the stolen money.
The county is seeking banking records, transactions and account information on all accounts with ownership information from the following banks since 2019: Iberia, Southern, Centennial, Simmons, Evolve, First Tennessee and First National.
The county also seeks records from Vintage Blazer LLC, Twisted Foods and The Edge Coffee House.
The lawsuit also identified a housing unit at Sage Meadows, two lots in the College Place Addition, two lots of Wolf Meadows, one lot in Stonebridge Place and one lot in the Western Heights subdivision.
Craighead County Circuit Judge Richard Lusby issued a temporary restraining order setting a hearing on a preliminary injunction for 9:30 a.m. Friday in Courtroom 4-A of the Craighead County Courthouse Annex. Lusby had originally scheduled that hearing for last Thursday, but found that Holliday and his attorneys hadn’t properly been notified.
The order requires Holliday to “preserve in its current state, and not alter, delete, destroy, remove, relocate, or manipulate in any way” personal or business financial records, computers, electronic storage devices (including smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers) computer programs or electronic data.
He’s not allowed to withdraw or transfer funds from any of his bank accounts or investments.
Holliday, 31, who is free on $150,000 bond, is next scheduled to appear July 27 for his criminal case.