Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NEW UPDATES!

 



Check out the new updates to our post about Cody Hiland and the shennigans with his employee April Mathis by clicking here.




PULASKI COUNTY DEPUTY ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

DANIEL SCOTT CANTWELL


Daniel Scott Cantwell (27 of White Hall),   a patrol deputy with the Pulaski County sheriff's office ("PCSO"), faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor charge related to his arrest in Saline County early Sunday morning (9/17/17), according to an arrest report.
  


Cantwell was arrested without incident and charged with the following:
Battery 2nd degree - Class D Felony; Terroristic Threatening 1st degree - Class D Felony; Assault 3rd degree - Class C Misdemeanor.

Deputies from the Saline County sheriff's office responded at 1:07 a.m. Sunday to 1131 Brookhaven Court in rural Saline County, authorities said, for a report of "two males fighting and other people arguing," a report said.

1131 Brookhaven Court is the residence of Sean and Valerie Laisure.

 
VALERIE & SEAN LAISURE - THEIR HOME WAS THE SCENE OF THE ALTERCATION
 

Neither Cantwell or his victim Allen Craig are listed as friends on the Laisure's Facebook pages. What was going on there so early Sunday morning is not known.

The complainant, Allen Craig, 45, said Cantwell had followed him to his vehicle after an argument and hit him in the face, according to a report. The blow caused a "severe laceration" under the man's left eye, and emergency medical personnel said there could be an injury to his eye, the arrest report said.

Craig was taken to a hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries, according to the statement from the Saline County sheriff's office. The statement said he was discharged from the hospital later Sunday morning.

Craig, along with witnesses, told authorities that Cantwell threatened to kill Craig, according to the arrest report. A woman also told authorities that Cantwell had grabbed the front of her shirt during the incident.

Saline County deputies arrested Cantwell on charges of second-degree battery, first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree assault.

The circumstances that led up to the disturbance were unclear.

Lt. Cody Burk, a Pulaski County sheriff's office spokesman, said Cantwell is on administrative leave and that the office's Professional Standards Unit is investigating the incident for any violations of conduct or policy.


 

"It will be a thorough investigation," Burk said, adding that there is no estimated completion date for the investigation. Burk said Cantwell started at the sheriff's office in October 2015.

The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for investigating misconduct by employees with the sheriff's office, Lt. Burk said. The unit does not issue punishment, he said. Rather, the the sheriff's office administrators determine punishment, which can range from termination or suspension to less severe consequences, such as a warning or a reprimand.

According to the agency's Uniform Standards of Conduct, the agency requires members to obey constitutional criminal and civil laws at the city, county, state and federal level.


"Officials who violate those very laws that they are sworn to uphold and observe destroy public faith and respect for this Office and weaken this Office's ability to perform its service mission," according to the document.

Lt. Burk said Pulaski County deputies have been arrested in the past, but such arrests are not common. Whoa!  We will post some details about PCSO deputies and detention officers that have been arrested or fired for criminal offenses and send a link to Lt. Burk.

Lt. Burk is a prankster so maybe he was just fooling around when he made that remark.



Lt. Burk declined to comment on the incident in Saline County.
"Right now we are just getting the details," he said.

According to records obtained from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards & Training ("CLEST") Cantwell has been employed by the PCSO since  October 2015.



Prior to that he was with the Pine Bluff Police Department.




Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, September 18, 2017

DHS EMPLOYEE INVOLVED IN DATA BREACH HAD CRIMINAL PAST - DID DHS KNOW THAT WHEN THEY HIRED HER?

DID YOLAND FARRAR HIDE HER CRIMINAL PAST FROM DHS?  

It turns out that the DHS employee involved in the data breach had a criminal past she tried to hide from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.  Did DHS know about it when they hired her?

Read the update to our story on our Bad Arkansas Department of Human Services blog by clicking here.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

FORMER ASSISTANT TO GARLAND COUNTY JUDGE ADMITS TO FRAUDLENT USE OF COUNTY CREDIT CARD - $347K WAS USED TO PAY TAXES, BILLS, UAF FOOTBALL TICKETS AND A TUXEDO FOR HER DOG

KRISTI LYN GOSS






Kristi Lyn Goss was an administrative assistant to Garland County Judge Rick Davis until May when an audit revealed suspicious activity by Goss.


RICK DAVIS - GARLAND COUNTY JUDGE


Goss, 44, was set to stand trial last Tuesday on six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, including two counts involving amounts more than $25,000, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and four counts involving amounts more than $5,000, punishable by up to 10 years, but opted to plead guilty at a pretrial hearing Monday.





Goss, who was arrested Oct. 25, 2016, and later released on $50,000 bond, was represented by appointed public defender Lee D. Short, of Little Rock. Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary, of the state office of the prosecutor coordinator in Little Rock, represented the state.

A gag order limiting pretrial publicity in the case was issued Oct. 26, 2016, and will remain active until sentencing. The Garland County Info blog has a nice post about the shenanigans relating to that. You can view it by clicking here.

Goss had been employed by Garland County since 2004, starting under former County Judge Larry Williams, and was officially terminated on June 3, 2016. She had reportedly left her position at the end of May 2016 after the fraud allegations came to light.

Former Prosecuting Attorney Terri Harris filed the charges against Goss directly to circuit court and told The Sentinel-Record at the time of filing there had been "insinuations" that the county judge's office was under investigation and she was "dragging her feet," which she stressed was not true.

 
TERRI HARRIS

She said all county employees "fully cooperated" with the investigation and "no one else other than the person we have charged is implicated in any wrongdoing with the use of the card."

County Judge Rick Davis issued a statement at the time of Goss' arrest noting she was an employee he "inherited" and when the financial irregularities were discovered he immediately notified the credit card company, state Legislative Audit, the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff, and the county attorney to request an investigation.

"The termination process for this employee was initiated according to the steps outlined by counsel from the county attorney and county policy," Davis said in the statement.

"I hope for swift justice in this situation and hope a message has been sent to all that any and all misconduct and noncompliance with county policy and the law will not be tolerated and appropriate actions will always be taken to bring justice," he said.

According to the affidavit filed by ASP Special Agent David Moss, who was assigned the case July 1, 2016, Goss fraudulently charged approximately $200,000 worth of items, including personal bill payments, to a Garland County credit card that was obtained in December 2011.

Garland County Comptroller Susan Ashmore discovered the discrepancies in May 2016 after Goss was not paying county bills on time and "not executing her duties in a timely manner." Legislative Auditor Jimmy Locke discovered 3,722 charges made on the card between December 2011 and May 2016 and confirmed $70,523.64 in personal purchases made by Goss using subpoenaed business records.

SUSAN ASHMORE - GARLAND COUNTY COMPTROLLER
 
Locke also identified $92,074.48 in additional purchases suspected to be personal in nature, based on the names of the businesses where the purchases were made. The total amount of unauthorized purchases was $162,598.

Some of the confirmed personal purchases listed in the affidavit included payments to Entergy for her electric bills, to AT&T for her cellphone bills, tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, car payments, her personal real estate taxes, hotel gift cards, a diamond bracelet, sequin throw pillows and a tuxedo for her dog.

GOSS' DOG
 
On Aug. 31, 2016, Moss interviewed Davis, who told him Goss had worked for the county for 11 to12 years before she was terminated and was responsible for ordering and purchasing IT-type equipment for the county, as well as paying various bills. She would purchase the items using the county credit card account number, while the actual card was kept by Mary Culpepper, chief of staff to Davis, who was Goss' immediate supervisor.

Davis said when he was informed by Ashmore about some of the county bills not being paid on time and the outstanding balance on the credit card, he and Culpepper spoke to Goss. After further investigation revealed the personal and unauthorized purchases made by Goss, he contacted Harris and Legislative Audit.

Cathy Gaylene Tankersley, who handles accounts payable for the county, told Moss she was always having a problem with Goss' claims balancing out with the submitted invoices. She said Goss "would always come up with an excuse" and would bring her several claims and "always want her to rush them through due to them being past due."
 
CATHY GAYLENE TANKERSLEY

On Aug. 31, 2016, Moss went to Goss' residence to interview her, but she was not home. He spoke to her on the phone and she agreed to meet with him the next day, but she later told him she had obtained two attorneys, one from Little Rock and one from Hot Springs, and would not speak to him without them. She would not identify the attorneys.

Goss will be sentenced in November.



Goss and her husband Don Goss,  were also arrested on drug charges shortly after she left county employment.  They were arrested near the Garland County Courthouse.

GOSS WAS LISTED AS A BEING A MALE - TYPO OR TRANSGENDER?


 
DON GOSS
 
In court filings in the drug case, Goss  was found to be indigent. Good luck to the county ever getting any of that $347k back.