Former county employee pleads guilty to forging veterinarian’s name on document for horse sale with county email

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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A former administrative aid for the Stillwater County commissioners has admitted to forging a veterinarian’s name on a document in order to sell a horse and in doing so, committed official misconduct.

Heidi Lyn Stevens, 46, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court recently and pleaded guilty to felony forgery and misdemeanor official misconduct. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, a second felony charge of deceptive practices will be dismissed at sentencing.

Stevens admitted to forging the veterinarian’s name on a Prepurchase Examination Report (PPE) to an interested buyer in a horse she was selling “in an attempt to conceal the possible undesirable health issues of the mare, and to receive funds of $3,200 for a horse worth much less or nothing,” according to court documents and court testimony.

Steven’s committed official misconduct because she used county equipment — namely email on her county computer — to commit the crimes.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 7.

Stevens worked as the administrative assistance for the Stillwater County Commission from Jan. 22, 2019, to June 21, 2019. At that time, Stevens and the county “mutually agreed that the position was not working out under terms of the probationary period,” County Finance and HR Specialists Joe Morse told the News.