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Retired Garrard clerk indicted

A Garrard County grand jury has indicted former Garrard Circuit Clerk Jennifer Grubbs on seven misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.

If Grubbs is convicted on all seven counts, she would face no more than 12 months in jail, said Madison Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith, a special prosecutor who presented the case to the grand jury.

Grubbs retired as circuit clerk in December.

Five of the seven counts deal with financial transactions in the Garrard circuit clerk's office in Lancaster. Those allege that Grubbs used office funds "as her own account," Smith said. The indictment says Grubbs acted "with intent to obtain a benefit for herself."

The total amount involved in those five counts was $1,235, which Grubbs has repaid, Smith said.

Grubbs could not be reached for comment.

Another count alleges that Grubbs failed to file a civil lawsuit in which Deputy Clerk Nancy Moberly was being sued by Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford. The civil action was never filed, Smith said, because Moberly paid the $236 for which she was being sued.

The final count involves Grubbs' daughter, Brandi Poynter, according to the indictment. Poynter was charged in two court cases with a total of five counts of theft by deception. The indictment alleges that the two case files were found in Grubbs' private office Dec. 16 and that Grubbs had acted "with the intent to obtain a benefit" for Poynter.

In one case, Poynter pleaded guilty, and her court costs of $138 were due Feb. 17, 2006, but weren't paid until Dec. 29, 2008. In the other case, Poynter pleaded guilty and her court costs, fees and restitution were due June 6, 2008, but weren't paid until Jan. 14, 2009. The count didn't specify the amount of the court costs, fees and restitution in the second case.

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. temporarily suspended Grubbs on Dec. 17 as the state Administrative Office of the Courts investigated possible misconduct.

The AOC turned over the results of that investigation to Smith in January.

Grubbs had submitted a letter of retirement Dec. 31.

In January, Garrard Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty appointed Dana Hensley to fill the vacancy created by Grubbs' retirement.