Sheridan County and Koltiska Trust Agree on Claim Amount

Sheridan County and Koltiska Trust Agree on Claim Amount

After a brief Sheridan County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle held a news conference regarding the embezzlement investigation of former County Clerk Audrey Koltiska. The investigation began in February of 2010 when Redle was contacted by Deputy County Clerk Kim Hein regarding discrepancies in the records of the Clerk's Office.

At that time, Redle consulted with Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier, where they agreed to request the Wyoming Department of Investigation look into the matter. In March of 2010, DCI agents determined that Koltiska was printing a new Fee and Reception report each morning while creating the cash sheet and preparing the deposit slip for the previous day's business.

The investigation by the DCI and the Wyoming Department of Audit determined that between July of 2006 and February of 2010, there were at least one hundred fifty five transactions that were unaccounted for in the Fee and Reception reports retained in the Clerk's office.

Agents obtained a copy of the Fee and Reception report that the office had balanced at the end of the business day. They also obtained a copy of the new Fee and Reception report that Koltiska printed the following day when preparing the cash sheet and bank deposit.

When agents interviewed Koltiska on March 25th, 2010, they pointed out to her that a number of discrepancies existed between the evening report and the morning report despite the fact that they represented business from the same day. During the interview, Koltiska provided no explanation for the differences. Shortly following the interview, DCI agents learned that Koltiska had taken her own life.

Tuesday morning, the Audrey Koltiska Trust agreed to pay the claim filed by Sheridan County in the amount of $111,043.57. The Release of Claims agreement approved by the County Commissioners states that in exchange for the $111,000 payment, Sheridan County agrees to forever and irrevocably release, acquit and discharge the Audrey Koltiska Trust of and from any and all liability for any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, losses, expenses, compensation of any kind, reimbursements, actions, rights or causes of action whatsoever kind or nature, known or unknown, resulting from or in any way arising out of the incident referred to above and covering the period of July 1, 2006 through March 25, 2010.

During the news conference, Redle expressed his thanks to the Koltiska family for their cooperation throughout the investigation.

Also during the news conference, Redle stated that the review and analysis of records in this case was only able to go back to July of 2006. He said that prior to that date, other records such as the daily Fee and Reception reports and cash sheets had been discarded. Speaking on behalf of the Audrey Koltiska Trust, Tim Tarver stated that it is not known as to where the money that was embezzled ended up, or what it was used for.

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