Former Greene Co. clerk on trial for stealing $138K from her off

Former Greene Co. clerk on trial for stealing $138K from her office

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Thursday, a former Greene County Circuit Clerk accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her office went on trial.

Etta Edwards faces theft of property charges for allegedly stealing more than $138,000 from the clerk's office.

Green County District Attorney Greg Griggers told jurors during opening statements, "there's nothing ordinary about this case."

Edwards took office in January 2007 and a year later, authorities found irregular bank deposits from the circuit clerk's office and the state performed an audit.

The indictment against Edwards claims the money went missing between April to June 2009.

Isadore McGhee, an examiner for the office of public accounts, testified today.

He says money collected by the clerk's office on April 16, 2009 should have been deposited in bank the next day. Instead, it wasn't deposited until June.

And in some cases, money the clerk's office collected on certain days didn't match what was later deposited. McGhee claims Edwards told him she was responsible for making the bank deposits.

Edwards attorney told jurors, no matter how sloppy the bookkeeping may have been, there's no crime for keeping sloppy records.

Prosecutors could call as many as seven witnesses to testify and Griggers says the trial could last two to three days.

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