Fremont Clerk accepts plea deal in check writing scandal; No jail time

Posted at 11:07 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 17:02:59-04

Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr accepted a plea deal in a check writing scandal News 5 Investigates first uncovered in 2017.

After a six-month long investigation, Barr was arrested in March for embezzlement, check fraud, witness intimidation and harassment.

District Attorney Molly Chilson said she felt a lesser charge of “issuance of a bad check” was more appropriate. She said the prosecution could not prove check fraud and that harassment and witness intimidation charges were not appropriate in this case.

Barr pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of issuing a bad check just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. As part of the plea agreement, Barr was give a 1-year deferred sentence with unsupervised probation. She will also be required to take a financial management course, complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $750 fine.

Barr has also been ordered not to write any checks to any county government office.

If she violates any of the terms outlined in the plea agreement, she could face up to six months in jail.