WATERLOO — Greater than a yr after being indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury, the county’s former finance director’s case is scheduled for pre-trial motions at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 9 in Seneca County Courtroom.
Brandi Deeds, now Brandi Sheppard following her Oct. 10 marriage to former County Supervisor John Sheppard, was indicted on 9 Class E felony costs and a Class A misdemeanor cost on Oct. 15, 2019.
John Sheppard, who satisfied the Board of Supervisors to rent Deeds in 2017, was charged with a single rely of official misconduct. That case has been pending in Waterloo Village Courtroom for greater than a yr. Each are free on their very own recognizance and each entered not responsible pleas. That cost pertains to his disciplinary actions towards county Emergency Administration Director Melissa Taylor.
Brandi Sheppard faces one rely of falsifying enterprise data. She is charged with having intent to defraud by making unfaithful entries within the county’s enterprise data, particularly, her work timesheets. The intent to defraud contains an intent to hide the fee of one other crime, larceny.
It’s alleged she filed timesheets indicating she was at work when she wasn’t on Dec. 29, 2017; Feb. 2, March 26, April 9, Might 2, Might three and Might Four, 2018.
She is also charged with a single rely of defrauding the federal government for allegedly partaking in a scheme constituting a scientific, ongoing course of conduct with the intent to defraud the county by false or fraudulent pretenses or representations and acquiring $2,169.54 for time not labored from Dec. 29, 2017 to Might Four, 2018, by submitting false timesheets.
The indictment additionally costs her with fourth-degree grand larceny for acquiring the pay she was not entitled to obtain. The misdemeanor cost is official misconduct.
In October 2018, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-Four to direct the Sheriff’s Workplace to conduct an investigation into the “administration and management accountable for the situation of the county funds, which required the necessity for an prolonged audit and corrective actions.”
The probe additionally appeared into doable malfeasance and official misconduct by Sheppard and Deeds. Each resigned in the summertime of 2018. Sheppard and Deeds have accompanied one another at their court docket appearances. The investigative report was submitted to District Legal professional Mark Sinkiewicz in early 2019, and he offered it to a grand jury Jan. 17, 2019.
Each instances have been postponed quite a few occasions and delayed additional by the closing of courts as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.