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Former Fayette prosecutor could get shoplifting charge dropped

Lori Boling
Lori Boling

A former felony prosecutor in Fayette County who was accused of stealing items from Meijer could get a chance to have the charge wiped from her record.

Lori Boling, 43, is eligible to participate in a diversion program, attorneys said during an arraignment hearing Monday. The program is reserved for nonviolent, first-time offenders.

Boling resigned as an assistant prosecutor in Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson's office last month, after she was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting in December.

According to court documents, a loss-prevention employee saw Boling take a security tag off a pair of shoes and try to leave without paying for them on Dec. 1. The employee reportedly also found a shirt in Boling's purse when he stopped her.

Boling was not at Monday's arraignment. Her attorney, Jim Lowry, entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.

As he left the courtroom, Lowry said he did not want to comment on the case.

The Fayette County diversion program is similar to probation and typically involves some type of community service. If participants complete the program, charges are dropped and expunged.

Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell scheduled a follow-up hearing on April 19.

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