Official arrested for embezzlement |

Official arrested for embezzlement

Michael Schneider

Indian Hills General Improvement District manager David Craig Campbell was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzlement, grand larceny, theft, all felonies.

Ron Kruse, chairman and president of the Indian Hills GID board, said Friday that Campbell, 35, was placed on paid leave pending a closed board hearing to determine Campbell’s future with the GID.

District Attorney Scott Doyle said there is a provision in the state Open Meeting Law which allows a district to hold closed meetings to discuss character, competence, metal health and misconduct of an employee.

However Doyle said the board is not allowed to take action at such a meeting. That will have to be done in a public session in an agendized meeting.

Also searched as a result of the investigation was the suspect’s Indian Hills home.

Deputies located a residential cooler or air conditioner, a metal storage shed and vehicle instruments at Campbell’s residence.

The investigation, conducted by the investigation division of the District Attorney’s Office and the investigation division of the DCSO, netted stolen propery valuing $1,200. Campbell’s yearly income, according to Kruse, is approximately $44,000.

Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the DCSO said the crimes occurred from July to November 1996, but weren’t reported to the DCSO and DA’s office until January.

He said the crimes were reported by concerned citizens whose names are not to be released at this time.

Kruse said no date has been set for the hearings, but he will keep the public informed as to when they will be held.

Modispacher said Campbell was also charged with misconduct of a public officer, unlawful use of public money and fruadlently presenting a claim to a public officer, all gross misdemeanors.

Campbell is scheduled to appear in East Fork District Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.