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Judge charged with falsifying time sheets

September 14, 2013
Associated Press

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Polk County judge is facing charges after authorities say she falsified time sheets for her judicial assistant.

Circuit Judge Beth Harlan was arrested Friday and charged with scheming to defraud and grand theft. The Ledger ( ) reports she was later released without having to post bail.

According to an affidavit, Harlan signed off on time sheets so that her judicial assistant, Alisha Rupp, would get paid for time that she didn't work.

Harlan's arrest follows an investigation that began after Rupp made public claims in July that she was fired for complaining about a "sexually toxic work environment" at the courthouse.

It wasn't immediately clear if Harlan had an attorney.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),



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