Former Lee County Circuit Clerk Emma Lou Adams has been sentenced to five years’ probation and fined more than $334,000 in a case involving thefts from her office, according to a news release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, whose office prosecuted the case.
Adams must spend 180 days on home incarceration under the sentence imposed April 22 by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.
Adams also must pay nearly $79,000 in restitution. She paid $156,000 in restitution when she pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of abuse of public trust.
Adams was charged after an investigation showed a total of more than $334,000 went missing from her office from 2006 through mid-2015.
Some of the money was from fees that people pay to file lawsuits, and some was from sources such as bond and restitution payments, according to a court document.
Adams became clerk in 1992. She resigned last August after an audit found the missing money.
One of Adams’ attorneys, former Circuit Judge Tom Jones, said he plans to file a motion seeking to lower Adams’ fine.