Breathitt County official indicted on felony theft charges

Jeff Noble accused of misusing public funds
Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 14:07:19-04

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A grand jury has indicted the Breathitt County judge-executive on three counts related to the alleged purchase of lumber using public funds.

Jeff Noble was indicted on three charges of abuse of public trust, theft by unlawful taking and official misconduct.

According to official documents, Noble used public money to pay for lumber that was intended for personal use.

The lumber cost $704.96, thus resulting in a felony theft charge.

"That just ain’t right. He’s supposed to be a county judge and stuff. If he took that, there’s no telling what else he’s taken," said resident Chris Noble, who tells LEX 18 that he is not related to Jeff Noble. "He’s not better than no one else. You know, if that was me, they would indict me over it. I don’t see him any different than anyone else."

Noble's bail has been set at $250,000 in cash.

If convicted, Noble could be remove from office.