Charge against Polk County judge dropped - FOX 13 News

Charge against Polk County judge dropped

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A central Florida judge accused of approving false time sheets has given up her position in exchange for prosecutors dropping a criminal charge against her.

Circuit Judge Beth Harlan sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announcing her retirement. Prosecutors then filed a court document in her criminal case saying the charge was dropped. Prosecutors had charged her with aiding or abetting grand theft, a third-degree felony.

Harlan was arrested last year following an investigation by the State Attorney's Office. They say the 55-year-old judge approved time sheets so former judicial assistant Alisha Rupp would get paid for time she didn't work.

Harlan's trial was set for May. The Lakeland Ledger reports that the case against Rupp is still pending, with her grand theft trial scheduled to begin in April.




Shame at the Polk County courthouse:

Polk judicial assistant says her firing was retaliation:




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