This week, it was announced that the former Treasurer of Jackson County, Kentucky had been indicted for stealing more than $160,000 from the Jackson County government and misusing the identifies of two other employees to facilitate the thefts. 37-year-old Beth N. Sallee was charged in a 10-count indictment with the following charges.
Four counts of wire fraud
Four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds
Two counts of aggravated identify theft
The indictment alleges that the defendant misused her position to write a number of checks payable to herself without the Jackson County Fiscal Court’s approval. The defendant is accused of depositing the checks into her own personal checking account or cashing them. In total, it is believed that the checks accumulated to $161,808.23.
To carry out the scheme, the defendant allegedly forged the signatures of at least two other employees working for Jackson County. She allegedly attempted to conceal her scheme by removing pages of financial documents, obscuring numbers with whiteout and requesting the removal of check images from bank statements which were given to an auditor. At this point in time, the defendant is innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Additional details have been made available here.