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Former Franklin County administrator sentenced for theft

Crista Madden took more than $750,000 from Franklin County, authorities said.

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2018 4:52 PM

Former Franklin County administrator Crista Madden was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the county.

Madden, 49, had been charged with two counts using her position for personal gain back in March. 

Prosecutors said Madden stole $753,889.21 over the course of more than 10 years as Franklin County's administrator by creating false purchase orders and then putting checks for those orders into various personal checking accounts.

"I think she deserves everything she got. For the simple fact that she took away from the people," said Franklin County citizen, James Bates.

Madden confessed to the crime when confronted by investigators with the Attorney General's office, authorities said. She also pleaded guilty in court.

"This has hurt the county. We could have been doing productive things with this money for the county but we were not able to do that for the past ten years," said Barry Moore, the chairman of the Franklin County Commission.

In addition to the prison sentence, Madden was ordered to repay the money taken from the county.

"We will go through the restitution to pay it back and we will probably go through insurance bonds," said Moore. "It would be great if we did get all the money back but it's going to take a long time and it will be a lengthy process."

Moore said they hope to build back trust with the citizens of Franklin County but he knows that will be a long process.

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