A former Jackson County court administrator pleaded guilty to mail fraud after investigators discovered she used county funds for personal purchases.
Teresa York waived her right to trial and pleaded guilty. She will have to pay more than $77,000 in restitution and was released on her own recognizance pending sentencing.
An FBI investigation showed York used her county credit card to make purchases including:
- More than $9,000 in purchases from Amazon
- More than $8,300 for personal meals
- Nearly $500 for personal postage stamps
In addition to paying restitution, a federal judge has restricted her from working a job with any fiduciary responsibility.
In addition to what was presented in the FBI's investigation, a 41 Action News investigation in August, 2012, uncovered other questionable purchases on York's credit card.
A review of expense records by 41 Action News from 2010 until York's forced leave include:
- Gift cards for merchants like iTunes, AMC Theaters, American Express and more.
- Massage services of more than $1,900 for employees of the Jackson County Courthouse
- Makeup at Macy's
- More than $1,000 at a spa resort in Reno, Nev.
- More than $500 in eyewear
- Prescriptions at an area pharmacy
York resigned from her position in early July 2012 after being placed on administrative leave a month earlier.
"The Court depended upon Teresa York for many years to manage Court functions and funds professionally and ethically, and we have been taken aback in the past few weeks to find that our trust was misplaced," said Presiding Judge Charles E. Atwell in a statement from the court in late July 2012 announcing they had turned over the findings of an independent investigation to law enforcement officials.
York had worked at the Jackson County Courthouse since 1984 and became court administrator in 2003.