A grand jury has indicted Pulaski County Coroner Richard New on 26 felony counts of theft, the prosecutor in the case confirmed Tuesday.
New is accused of stealing from a funeral home where he worked for several years, called Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
The alleged thefts did not involve public money or New's position as coroner, said Commonwealth's Attorney Allen Trimble.
Trimble is prosecutor in Whitley and McCreary counties, but he has been appointed special prosecutor in the Pulaski County case.
The indictment was returned before a judge Tuesday, but a copy was not available because it had not been logged into the court computer system.
The alleged thefts occurred over a nine-year period and totaled about $60,000, according to a news release from state police.
New's attorney, John Gillum, said in a statement that the timing of the allegations by a former employer was "curious and coincidental" given that New recently opened a new, competing funeral home in the county.
Gillum said he and New are confident the coroner will be vindicated.