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Former sheriff accused of theft in federal indictment

Former sheriff accused of theft in federal indictment

Bill Stephens

November 4th, 2016

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former eastern Kentucky sheriff has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly stealing money from a drug investigation fund used to make undercover purchases.

Former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird is also accused of using a county-provided credit card for an array of personal expenses, including food, alcohol, hotel rooms and a subscription to a dating service.

Federal prosecutors say Lipfird is accused of stealing about $25,000 between 2011 and 2013.

Prosecutors said Friday that Lipfird was indicted the day before on two felony charges.

The ex-lawman faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Lipford lost his re-election bid in 2014. Court records did not list an attorney for Lipfird.

He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Nov. 17.

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