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Former Bonner County worker accused of embezzlement

| June 9, 2010 9:00 PM

SANDPOINT - A criminal case is pending against a former Bonner County employee who is accused of embezzling public funds while serving as manager of the University of Idaho's extension office in Sandpoint.

The allegations against Kristan Peacock surfaced six months ago, but she has yet to be charged because her defense attorney and the prosecution are in discussions to resolve the matter with a plea agreement, which would eliminate the need and expense of a trial.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh has been appointed special prosecutor in the matter because Peacock was a Bonner County employee.

McHugh declined to say what charges are being contemplated in the case.

Although Peacock managed the university's extension office, her salary was paid by Bonner County. Her duties included overseeing personnel functions and county budget responsibilities. She was also site manager for the university's teleconferencing center in Bonner County.

Allen said Peacock was hired by the county in 2000 and her employment ended on Dec. 30, 2009. Her annual salary was $34,900, Allen said.