A retired state probation officer from
Grant County is facing 67 criminal
counts of stealing money from convicted
criminals, as she served as their probation
officer. Reports say 56-year-old
Sherry Buswell of Rewey is accused of
taking a total of just over $4,000 from
21 different people. Buswell is facing
charges of theft and misconduct, and
21 of the 67 counts are felonies.
Officials say a co-worker started
to find inconsistencies when reviewing
Buswell’s case work. Later, some of the
persons on probation started to question
the supervision fees that they owed.
Buswell was put on administrative
leave when the inconsistencies were
first found. She then retired in January
after working over 15-years at the State
Probation and Parole Office in Lancaster.
Court records show she’s scheduled to
appear in Grant County Court on
Monday (7/29) at 1:00 pm before
Grant County Judge Craig Day.
Court records also show that Richland
County District Attorney Jennifer Harper
has been assigned as a special prosecutor
to handle the case for the state.