Franklin County commissioners will pay a private attorney to see if the county can recoup up to $500,000 through insurance for the $1.8 million allegedly stolen by former public works employee Dennis Huston.
Commissioners Wednesday decided to pay no more than $5,000 for a legal opinion on filing a claim with the commercial crime insurance policy.
Deputy Prosecutor Janet Taylor recommended using a private lawyer because coverage issues will be complex.
Huston, 65, is accused of bilking the county out of the money over 22 years by submitting false invoices for supplies and then depositing checks in a bank account he created in the name of a company no longer in business.
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Investigators and county officials suspect Huston of taking more than $2.84 million.
Huston is awaiting trial in Franklin County on charges of theft, money laundering and possession of cocaine.