Former Jackson Co. treasurer pleads guilty to identity theft and wire fraud scheme

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The former treasurer of Jackson County pleaded guilty Monday to devising a scheme to defraud the Jackson County Fiscal Court of over $160,000 and to misusing the identity of a Jackson County employee to facilitate her theft.

Officials say 38-year-old Beth Sallee, of McKee, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and to one count of wire fraud.  Sallee will be sentenced on June 18, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Claria Horn Boom for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

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According to U.S. Department of Justice, Sallee admitted that beginning in 2013, she misused her position to write a number of checks, totaling approximately $161,808.23, payable to herself without the approval of the Jackson County Fiscal Court.  Sallee deposited these checks into her own personal checking account or for cash.  The unauthorized checks drew on various Jackson County Fiscal Court accounts, including the Department of Emergency Services grant, payroll, and general fund accounts.

Officials say that Sallee forged the signature of other Jackson County employees on unauthorized checks without their knowledge or permission.  She later attempted to conceal her scheme by removing pages of Jackson County financial documents, obscuring page numbers with white-out, 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.