Former Owsley Clerk's prison sentence probated after restitution paid

Sid Gabbard
Sid Gabbard

Former Owsley County Clerk Sid Gabbard has been sentenced to eight years in prison after acknowledging financial improprieties, Attorney General Jack Conway's office announced Thursday.

The sentence was probated after Gabbard paid back taxes and $61,118 in restitution, according to a news release.

Gabbard entered an Alford plea in April to charges of abuse of public trust and filing false tax returns. The plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Gabbard, who was first elected in 1985, was charged this year after state audits showed a pattern of poor bookkeeping and improper financial practices in his office going back years.

For example, the 2010 audit, on which the charges were based, showed he had withheld income taxes from employees' paychecks but used it for his own purposes.

Another audit released last week showed he had a deficit in his office of $132,305 in 2011. Gabbard had resigned before that audit was released. Auditor Adam Edelen's office recommended Gabbard repay that money.

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