Clark Co. employee charged for allegedly writing fraudulent checks


WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Clark County employee is accused of writing 29 fraudulent checks, and depositing them into her personal account.

Jennifer Adkins has worked at the Winchester/Clark County Emergency Operations Center for 15 years. Now, she’s facing charges of stealing money from the county fiscal court’s Emergency Planning Center fee account.

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Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue says Adkins wrote 29 fraudulent checks, between December 2016 and the present, totaling more than $11 thousand. Those checks were allegedly deposited into Adkins’ personal account.

Perdue says most checks using the county’s account require two signatures. Some of the fraudulent checks has only Adkins’ name, but 17 of them had signatures from two other emergency operations employees. However, Sheriff Perdue says those signatures were forged.

According to the sheriff, the county judge’s office, that the account runs through, was doing an audit of sorts and noticed the misappropriated checks.

“There was an overdraft that was outstanding for a couple weeks there and that was probably one of the first red flags,” said Sheriff Perdue.

Perdue says Adkins was also caught on camera at the bank, depositing the checks into her account.

“It’s not a very complicated case these types, simply because there’s always a paper trail,” said Perdue.

The sheriff says his department hasn’t gotten a chance to talk to Adkins, so he doesn’t know why she allegedly did it.

Adkins was in the Clark County Detention Center, but has since been released.