A former Campbell County Treasurer’s Office employee is accused of allegedly altering vehicle tax documents to steal nearly $39,586. Marcella R. Hall, 34, made her initial appearance in the Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court on Wednesday.
The investigation began after a customer approached the Treasurer’s Office with a question about a transaction, according to an affidavit of probable cause. When the office personnel searched for the transaction, they discovered the date of the transaction was incorrect.
From here, they discovered more discrepancies. Between December 2018 and September 2019, 39 vehicle tax receipts had reportedly been altered.
Court documents state that Hall apparently changed dates to the weekend, so that the receipts would not be visible on the weekly and monthly accounting audits that did not include weekend dates, and therefore, would not show up on the audits. Hall would then reportedly pocket the money from that payment.
The affidavit further states that Hall then moved the weekend transaction dates to the following month, thus avoiding the audit system altogether.
During an interview with a Gillette Police Department detective, Hall allegedly admitted to the thefts and said she had already paid back the money she had stolen from the first one or two transactions, claiming she’d needed the money to pay a bill. No other funds were returned.
According to the affidavit, Hall’s description of the events are consistent with the computer audit trail, in which her log-in initials appear on each of the 39 transactions. She reportedly made changes to cash payments only.
Theft is a felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.
Hall’s preliminary hearing is set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 17.