Jackson County, KY–The former Treasurer of Jackson County, Kentucky was indicted Thursday for stealing over $160,000 from the Jackson County government and misusing the identities of two other Jackson County employees to facilitate her thefts.
Beth Sallee, 37, of McKee, Kentucky, was charged in a 10-count indictment with four counts of wire fraud, four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. A date for Sallee to appear in court has not yet been scheduled.
The indictment alleges that Sallee misused her position to write a number of checks payable to herself without the approval of the Jackson County Fiscal Court. Sallee allegedly deposited these checks into her own personal checking account or for cash. Over time, those unauthorized checks totaled approximately $161,808.23. To enable her scheme, Sallee allegedly forged the signatures of at least two other Jackson County employees on the checks, and later attempted to conceal her scheme by removing pages of Jackson County financial documents, obscuring page numbers with whiteout, and requesting the removal of check images from bank statements that were to be given to an auditor.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Kentucky State Police.