I-Team: Ex-county worker arrested for missing $38K

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas woman is in jail accused of embezzling thousands of dollars in traffic fines from the Las Vegas Justice Court -- where she was a former employee.

Stacy Blankenship-Hicks was arrested in Virginia earlier this week and has since been brought back to Las Vegas. She's charged with four counts of felony theft and one count of unlawful use of a computer.

Blankenship-Hicks was a customer service worker for the traffic division at Justice Court. She's accused of pocketing at least $38,000 in cash people paid to the court to take care of traffic fines.

An audit, which was prompted by her investigation, suggests as much as $91,000 might have been misappropriated.

"Whenever there's an employee theft in a government environment we want to make sure there are checks and balances," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. "We want to make sure there are controls to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Wolfson said he believes additional charges will be leveled against Hicks to reflect the audit's loss figure of $91,000. In addition, he says if she tries to post bail, the D.A.'s office will ask for a hearing to make sure the bail money isn't cash that was stolen from Clark County.

A sigh of relief in all of this? It appears cases were closed out in the computer, meaning those who paid their ticket or fine would still get credit for it.


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