Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons' daughter, who once worked for him, forged his name on checks submitted to the office, a grand jury has charged.
Attorney General Jack Conway's office, which is prosecuting the case, announced the charges against Crystal Southwood, 36, on Friday.
Southwood worked for Clemons until late 2010, according to Conway's office.
A grand jury indicted Southwood on 28 counts of second-degree forgery, alleging that she signed Clemons' name to endorse checks to the office.
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Most of the checks were from law offices paying to have Clemons' office serve subpoenas in court cases, according to the indictment.
The grand jury also indicted Southwood on one count of abuse of public trust, alleging that she took the money for her own use.
A state audit of Clemons' office identified the alleged thefts, leading to the investigation by Conway's office.
The audit said an unnamed employee cashed checks that came to the office and did not deposit the money into the official accounts, but repaid the money after auditors began looking at records.
The charges against Southwood are each punishable by one to five years in prison.