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Former Lee County Circuit Court Clerk pleads guilty to stealing more than $330,000

Retired in 2015 after being suspended from official duties

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2016) — Former Lee County Circuit Court Clerk Emma C. Adams, who retired in August 2015 amid allegations into possible official misconduct, today pleaded guilty to abuse of public trust for stealing more than $330,000 from the Lee County Office of Circuit Court Clerk.

“Today’s guilty plea by former Lee County Circuit Court Clerk Emma Adams brings justice to the citizens of Lee County and the commonwealth,” said Marc Theriault, general counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts. “When an AOC audit discovered accounting irregularities in the Lee County Office of Circuit Court Clerk, we moved quickly to investigate. Our investigation uncovered a sophisticated system for stealing public funds and we turned our findings over to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General. We’re pleased with the outcome of this case.”

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. suspended Adams on Aug. 3, 2015 from performing any official duties for the court system pending investigation into official misconduct.

The Administrative Office of the Courts initiated the investigation and turned over information to the Office of Attorney General. The Office of Attorney General conducted the criminal investigation.

Adams had served in the position for 23 years.

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