For complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2016) — Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that a Franklin County grand jury has returned separate indictments charging Elliott County Clerk Shelia Blevins and her sister, Elliott County Deputy Clerk Jeannie Moore, with complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000 in connection with misuse of public funds in 2014.
The cases were investigated by the Department of Criminal Investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions is prosecuting the case.
The Attorney General’s office began investigating the clerk’s office during the 2014 annual audit of the clerk’s fee account by the state auditor. Once the audit was complete, it was referred to the AG’s office for a finding involving four missing daily deposits totaling $15,680 from the fee account.
Complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000 is a Class D felony, carrying a penalty of one to five years. All felonies carry an additional penalty, upon conviction, of a fine up to $10,000.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Blevins and Moore are set to be arraigned July 8.