Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Harvill Heads to Court
CRAINVILLE -- Crainville residents call for justice as the former water
clerk, accused of pocketing thousands of dollars, heads to court.
Linda Harvill, 62, made her first court appearance Monday morning. She's accused of stealing nearly $71,000 from the Crainville water department over a two and a half year period.
Residents who knew her from the water department say they're shocked, but village leaders are doing what they can to move forward.
"If you're a public official and you get caught with your hands in the
cookie jar, then you deserve what you get," said long-time Crainville resident Brent Brothers.
Linda Harvill walked through the Williamson County Courthouse surrounded by her family and friends.
"I knew Linda as the water office lady," said Brothers. "Pretty much everybody in Crainville does."
Harvill faces theft and official misconduct charges after an audit revealed more than $70,000 disappeared from the Crainville water department.
Brothers has payed many water bills at the department, most of which went through Harvill during her 24 years there. She went on medical leave last summer.
"It's pretty, pretty disheartening and I would say I'm a little bit
disgruntled but you know, I believe the court system will do what they need to do," Brothers said.
Mayor Ron Mitchell says policies behind this desk will never be the same. "We have changed certain procedures to assure this type of thing will not and cannot happen again," he said.
Mitchell says the village is doing it's best to rebound from the loss by filing insurance claims, but the investigation has added to the costs.
"We had to pay for the forensic audit itself which was over $20,000," he explained.
Mitchell goes on to insist the mishap will not have any impact on water
rates and the village is doing everything possible to resolve the situation.
"The criminal process will follow through and justice is what we're after," he said. "The people of this town deserve that."
A special prosecutor from the attorney general's office is handling the
case. Harvill is due back in court at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, October 28th. The judge is expected to set her bond at that time.
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