Former Mammoth Cave worker sentenced for stealing from park

Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct
Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – A former longtime employee at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for skimming money from the park’s recreational fees.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville says former employee Leslie Lewis took nearly $170,000 of funds collected from the public “by manipulating the fee collection system and the employees she supervised.” Prosecutors say Lewis created false deposit documents and used a duplicate check scheme to hide the theft.

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U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman says Lewis “stole from one of the most iconic public spaces in our Commonwealth.”

U.S. Chief Judge Greg Stivers in Paducah also ruled that the 61-year-old Lewis must repay the stolen funds and spend three years on supervised release after her sentence is completed.