JONESBORO — The former county clerk’s criminal trial was set for November by a circuit court judge Monday.
Kade Holliday, 31, of Jonesboro, was released from the Craighead County Detention Center last month on a $150,000 bond on suspicion of theft of nearly $1.6 million in public funds and abuse of office. Holliday resigned from elected office citing “the seriousness of the allegations.”
Prosecutors alleged that on 12 occasions, between Jan. 23 and June 24, Holliday transferred funds from a county bank account to personal accounts, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“These acts benefitted himself in the approximate amount of $1,579,05.03 and caused a deficit to Craighead County for unpaid payroll taxes and retirement contributions,” it read.
Plea and arraignment are set for 9 a.m. Oct. 29-30 and a jury trial period has been scheduled from Nov. 9-20 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.
The county government is also suing Holliday in hopes of recovering the funds authorities say were stolen by the former clerk. In the civil proceedings, officials claim the former clerk has withheld financial documents that he was ordered to preserve and provide to attorneys.
Attorney Kimberly Dale wrote in a petition that he “has failed to provide Plaintiff with any accounting information whatsoever.”
According to previous Sun reporting, Holliday’s lawyers say the information was seized by Arkansas State Police and Craighead County Sheriff’s Office investigators following his arrest.
He has been ordered to appear in circuit court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 to “show cause, if any, why he has failed to comply with the order … requiring he provide a full and complete accounting within 10 days of the order dated July 2.”