Lebanon clerk of courts charged with failing to report DUI cases to state
A Lebanon County government official is awaiting a hearing on charges she didn't report DUI information to the state.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced charges against Lisa M. Arnold, Lebanon County's clerk of courts and prothonotary, for not reporting DUI convictions and other information to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Arnold, 48, of 47 S. Fifth Ave., is required as clerk of courts to report DUI convictions to PennDOT within 10 days of judgment, according to the attorney general's office. However, between Jan. 1 and Oct. 24 last year, according to the criminal complaint, she failed to report the required information 203 times.
She remains in her position during the legal process, according to county Administrator Jamie A. Wolgemuth. Because she is an elected official, the county's commissioners do not have the authority to change her status or suspend her, he said.
The complaint states that Arnold kept confiscated driver's licenses and associated paperwork in a plastic bag in a filing cabinet.
During an interview with state investigators, Wolgemuth said the commissioners, judges, probation officers and attorneys have had trouble with Arnold's "neglect of duties," according to the criminal affidavit.
Lebanon County District Attorney David J. Arnold requested the state get involved in the investigation, according to the affidavit. On Oct. 24, investigators from the Office of the Attorney General searched the Lebanon County Clerk of Courts office and found 196 criminal court dockets not properly entered into the state database.
She faces one charge of obstructing administration of law or other government function and one count of failure to comply with provisions of reports by courts, according to the complaint.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13 at the Lebanon County Courthouse. The attorney general's office is handling the prosecution.