Appearing before Judge Michael Deegan in the Sixth Judicial District Court on Monday, Jan. 6, former Campbell County Treasurer’s Office employee Marcella R. Hall pled not guilty to one count of felony theft for allegedly altering vehicle tax documents to steal nearly $39,586 between December 2018 to September 2019.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the investigation began when a customer approached the Treasurer’s Office with a question about a transaction. When the office personnel searched for the transaction, they discovered the date of the transaction was incorrect, which snowballed into more discrepancies and a computer audit-trail showing her initials on 39 alleged fraudulent transactions.
In an interview with the Gillette Police Department, Hall reportedly admitted to the thefts, the affidavit stated.
She was originally set to appear in Circuit Court for a hearing on Dec. 17, 2019, but waived this right. Her case was then bound over to District Court.
Hall’s pretrial conference in District Court has been set for 10 a.m. on May 6. At that time, she will have the opportunity to change her plea, or request the case be continued or moved to trial.
Theft is a felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.
An earlier County 17 article details the incidents and charges.