Worker from St. Joseph County Clerk's Office terminated after arrest in catfishing scam

A woman accused of posing as a marine to scam other woman out of thousands of dollars appeared before a judge on Friday for the first time.

Kim Savage, 44, faces two theft charges.

Savage was officially terminated from the St. Joseph County Clerk's office.

She worked there for years as a bookkeeper. After she turned herself in, she was suspended then officially terminated.

In October two women came forward to the St Joseph County Police Department saying Savage had claimed they could help out two Marines by giving her money, she could then wire overseas.

Now detectives will examine Savage's computer at the clerk's office and check for a possibly security breach.

“I want people to know there was no public mistrust here,” says St. Joseph County Clerk Terri Rethlake. “No money was taken from the office. We've taken steps to make sure an audit was done by the State Board of Accounts to make sure she did not access any of the moneys we collect here.”

The clerk's office is confident Savage didn't obtain make any connection with the victims while she was at work. She didn't know the two victims from her time while working there.

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