Former Harlan Co. Sheriff Indicted, Faces Possible 10 Year Sentence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday, the former Sheriff of Harlan County was indicted on charges of theft of public funds and property by a grand jury in Lexington.

The indictment says that 58-year-old Marvin J. Lipfird misused funds and property belonging to the Harlan County government, including stealing money for a fund that was intended for use in controlled drug purchases.  Also, the indictment alleges that Lipfird tried to be reimbursed through the government for personal expenses, including food, alcohol, hotel rooms, and a subscription to a dating website.

Further, the indictment alleges that Lipfird duplicated payments for travel reimbursements and had Harlan County pay subscriber fees for a mobile telephone he had given to a personal acquaintance.

In all, the indictment says Lipfird used thousands of dollars worth of funds, goods, and services, while acting as Sheriff.

A date for Lipfird to appear in court has not yet been scheduled.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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