A former finance officer for an emergency preparedness agency is accused of stealing nearly $34,000 in property and services, Kentucky State Police said.
State police arrested Tamara Phelps, 54, of Berea, on Thursday, charging her with 60 counts of first-degree forgery and one count of theft over $10,000.
Phelps was the finance officer for the Madison County Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The program educates and enhances emergency preparedness in communities surrounding the chemical stockpile stored at Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond.
An investigation began after the Madison County Emergency Management Agency contacted state police and asked for an investigation into some missing property.
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The investigation alleges that between June 25, 2014, and April 28, 2015, while Phelps was employed as the preparedness agency's finance officer, she forged the director's signature on 60 purchase orders and numerous reimbursement sheets through the Madison County Fiscal Court, totaling more than $33,900.
She obtained included electronic devices, residential items and auto repairs with the money, according to a news release. Phelps was being held in the Madison County jail.