Clark County Employee Charged With Theft

Posted at 10:41 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 10:41:58-04

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18)– An employee of Clark County has been charged after she allegedly wrote 29 fraudulent checks and deposited them into her personal account.

Sheriff’s officials began investigating after checks allegedly written by Jennifer Paige Adkins were deposited into her personal account beginning in December 2016. According to her criminal complaint, investigators believe Adkins wrote 29 checks, 17 of which had forged signatures.

Adkins was an employee of Clark County Emergency Management and was the only person with access to the checking account for the local emergency planning committee.

That is money meant for training exercises for local responders and facilities that deal with hazardous material planning.

Officials say those checks totaled $11,551.20. Two of those checks were written to Gary Epperson and one was written to the US Postal Service. Epperson told deputies he had never received the checks written to him. 

All checks were made payable to the Defendant. Surveillance video captured her depositing the checks into her account.

Adkins was arrested on 17 counts of forgery and one count of theft by unlawful taking. She has since been released from the detention center.