Former Circuit Clerk Employee Pleads Not Guilty

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BENTON -- A former Franklin County employee accused of embezzling taxpayer dollars has pleaded not guilty.

Kindra Eickelman, 47, of Benton, made her first court appearance Tuesday on charges of official misconduct and theft.

Eickelman was employed in the Franklin County Circuit Clerk's Office for approximately three years before resigning in June. Authorities say in the process of resigning Eickelman told another employee she "had taken money."

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22.

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