It was a year ago when Kingman city officials greeted investigators who showed up at city hall, informing them that city budget analyst Diane Richards had allegedly embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from.
In the weeks that followed Richards was fired, she was named in a 23-count criminal indictment and ongoing investigation increased the amount of the city’s alleged loss beyond $1.1-million.
The city implemented protective internal control measures to protect the public treasury, fired its auditing firm for failing to detect the fraudulent activity and took a number of other steps in an effort to recover as much of the loss as is possible.
The criminal case prosecution has not evolved or progressed in rapid fashion. During a November 14 preliminary hearing at the courthouse, attorneys indicated the matter is dawdling along in a quagmire of paperwork and accounting.
Defense attorney Adam Zickerman said he is still trying to acquire some Kingman city bank records and other documents he needs to assess the case to determine if and how to defend it. A plea agreement or a trial are the ordinary resolutions.
Attorneys will continue working on paperwork and disclosure in advance of the next status hearing set December 19.