Bannock County employee on furlough during criminal investigation in Salt Lake County | Local News

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A Bannock County Sheriff’s Office worker has been placed on administrative leave after being linked to a criminal investigation in Salt Lake County, Utah.

In a news release, Bannock County Sheriff Tony Manu said, “The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office has placed a jail worker on administrative leave after she was charged in connection with a criminal investigation in Salt Lake County, Utah. Marina Billings is a deputy at the Bannock County Jail. She has been with the county since July 2014. Billings will remain on administrative leave while the county conducts an internal investigation into Bannock County policies. The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office expects the highest professional conduct from its employees, whether on or off duty, which includes compliance with the law.

The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating fully with the Utah investigation. Requests for additional information about the criminal case involving Billings should be directed to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.

The case to which Billings and her husband Robert are linked involves the death of 68-year-old speed skater Boris Leikin. According to a Fox Report 13, the Billings were charged with financial exploitation and aggravated abuse. Leikin died last July of a form of mad cow disease. Investigators believe the Pocatello couple were trying to get Leiken to sign a will naming Marina as beneficiary as her health deteriorated.

Marina Billings is a deputy at the Bannock County Jail. She has been with the county since July 2014.

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