Politics & Government

Former Madison County clerk indicted on theft charge

Former Madison County Clerk William Gabbard has been indicted on one count of theft by failure to make a required disposition of property over $300, Attorney General Jack Conway announced.

A Madison County grand jury returned the indictment against Gabbard Wednesday after an investigation by the Attorney General's Office, the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Department of Revenue, according to a news release from Conway's office.

The investigation of Gabbard began in November 2009 after an audit by the state auditor's office. Gabbard is accused of changing Social Security numbers in the Automated Vehicle Information System, allowing Gabbard to register his personal vehicles without paying taxes, interest and penalties, the news release said.

Prosecution is being handled by the Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, at the request of Madison Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith for appointment of a special prosecutor.

The charge against Gabbard is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. Gabbard is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 15 in Madison Circuit Court.