Former Martins Ferry City Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money


 The former Martins Ferry utility office clerk who stole thousands of dollars from people’s water bill payments has pleaded guilty. Officials said they got what they wanted most out of the plea deal, the city will get all of its money back. 

Holly Dalton will check into the Belmont County Jail on January 3. She will serve ten days, two at a time, for five weekends in a row, and also has to complete 20 days of community service. 

The biggest part of her plea, is that all of the money will be re-paid to the City of Martins Ferry. The prosecutor said that is what city officials wanted.

“$32,414 is what we could document as having been stolen. On top of that number, the audit costs alone for that part of the investigation amounted to $25,200. As part of this agreement, she agreed to and was ordered by the court to repay every dime of that back to the City of Martins Ferry,” said Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry. 

Authorities have seized Dalton’s retirement funds, and the city will pursue the bond that they had on her, through a bonding company, as a city employee. 

They said after that, the bonding company will most likely go after Dalton to recover the money they had to pay back to the city. 

The records show that every day Dalton worked, there was money missing. 

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