Former Manager of Flathead Joint Board of Control Faces Embezzlement Charges

The former executive manager of the now-dissolved Flathead Joint Board of Control pleaded not guilty to a host of charges in U.S. District Court in Missoula on June 3, all related to her alleged misuse of board funds for personal expenses.

Johanna Estella Clark could face significant fines and a lengthy prison term if convicted of all of the charges, which include 13 counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. She is alleged to have stolen more than $28,000 from the organization between 2014 and 2017.

In court documents, Clark is accused of using two Flathead Joint Board of Control (FJBC) credit cards for personal use and racking up thousands of dollars in charges. The unauthorized purchases Clark is alleged to have made include a guitar and accessories ($1,151.57), silver coins ($2,151), a mattress ($2,249), two beds ($1,733.98) and thousands of dollars in camera equipment. The fraudulent charges total more than $25,000.