LANCASTER — A former deputy in the Garrard County Clerk's office is free on bond after she was indicted on charges that she stole more than $10,000 from that office.
Elizabeth Lane, 27, of Lancaster was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking and 16 counts of "knowingly entering false, fraudulent, illegitimate or erroneous information" into the automated vehicle registration and titling system.
The indictment alleges that the crimes occurred from January 2009 to June 2010.
Garrard County Clerk Stacy May said Lane was fired in June. She declined to comment about the indictment.
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Kentucky State Police Detective Monte Owens, who investigated the case and testified before the grand jury, said that when a customer paid tax on a vehicle, Lane would enter the amount in a computer. Later, Lane would void that information, then enter a lower tax assessment into the computer, reducing the amount of taxes paid. She then took the difference, Owens said.
An audit of the clerk's office found that more than $10,000 was stolen, according to court documents.
Lane, who is running as a write-in candidate for county clerk against May in the Nov. 2 general election, was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.
The indictment was returned last week, and state police arrested Lane on Monday. She was freed on a $10,000 cash bond later that day.
Lane is scheduled to be arraigned in Garrard Circuit Court on Nov. 19.