Court clerk sentenced to probation for $330,000 theft

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky court clerk accused of stealing more than $330,000 from her office has avoided jail time.

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that former Lee County Circuit Clerk Emma Adams was ordered to serve five years on probation and 180 days of home incarceration. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd also ordered her to pay a fine equal to what she stole, nearing $335,000. That is in addition to more than $200,000 she was required to pay in restitution.

Adams pleaded guilty in February to abuse of public trust.

Her attorney Tom Jones said he intends to ask the judge to lower her fine.

He said she has already paid $156,000 in restitution and is scheduled to pay $2,500 monthly until the remaining $79,000 tab is paid off.


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