Franklin County

Frankfort woman sentenced to prison for stealing from non-profit

A Frankfort woman was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for stealing more than $40,000 from Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, a non-profit organization that serves disabled children.

Mary Margaret Tincher, 39, who was a financial manager at Child Development Centers, had pleaded guilty in November to one count of felony theft by deception.

"I just got in a bad spot. I wasn't thinking," Tincher told Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone just before being sentenced.

Tincher said that she was on the verge of losing her home and that her family had hospital bills at the time she stole the money.

"If granted probation, I promise you'll never see me again," she told the judge.

Scorsone told Tincher that he appreciated "the situation you're in," but that "people go to jail for shoplifting $30 items."

He called Tincher's crime a cold, calculated theft.

Tincher was hired as a financial manager at Child Development Centers on Aug. 1, 2009. She was accused of stealing money from the organization beginning in September 2009 by electronically transferring money from the non-profit into her personal bank account.

A third-party funding partner had noticed that "something wasn't right" and told employees of Child Development Centers, which led to the discovery that money was missing, police have said. Police were notified on June 28. Tincher turned herself in several days later.

Tincher, who has been working at a Frankfort factory, is to report to the Fayette County Detention Center on Jan. 21. She will be eligible for parole after serving a year of her sentence.