Former Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Jeanette Hence was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors filed paperwork seeking to have her suspended sentence revoked and send her to jail.

Former Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Jeanette Hence was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors filed paperwork seeking to have her suspended sentence revoked and send her to jail.

According to the motion filed late Tuesday, Hence was ordered to pay $14,077.92 restitution in full prior to May 2, 2006, and has paid only $5,900 of that total, leaving a balance of $8,740.93 owed to Jefferson County.

Hence was booked into the adult detention center at 12:18 p.m. and was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

On May 2, 2005, Hence pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to tamper with a public record, a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year in jail by Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis, who suspended the sentence on condition that Hence pay the restitution within one year.

Hence, who had been circuit clerk since 1994, resigned April 20, 2005. She had been the subject of a state police investigation after state auditors reported that she had used her county-issued credit card to buy tires and gas for a personal vehicle, Christmas party supplies, furniture for personal use, cell phone equipment and phone charges, furniture and computer equipment for her son and church, Rotary Club dues and non-business meals.

The audit report indicated that the money was spent between Jan. 1, 2002, and April 9, 2004.

Hence could have been charged with tampering with a public record, a Class D felony, and theft by deception, a Class B felony, had she not agreed to the plea deal.

The special prosecutor who handled the case against Hence, Tim Williamson of Mena, said the guilty plea prohibits Hence from ever holding public office again.

In a statement released after the plea was entered and accepted in court, Williamson said Hence “now stands convicted of an offense that involved deceitfulness, untruthfulness or falsification, considered an infamous crime” under the State Constitution.

Williamson based his statement on a ruling by the State Supreme Court when they ordered the removal of former Dumas Mayor Clay Oldner in 2005 after Oldner was convicted of misdemeanors while still in office. Williamson was assigned the case after former prosecutor Steve Dalrymple withdrew, citing a conflict of interest because all of the criminal charges filed by his office were filed in Hence’s office.

Pine Bluff attorney Gene McKissic, who represented Hence in 2005, said Wednesday he had not been contacted about representing her on the new allegation and had no comment about her arrest or the new allegations.

A hearing on the petition to revoke Hence’s suspended sentence has not been set as yet.