Former Jackson County Treasurer, Beth N. Sallee pleaded guilty in Federal Court on Monday, February 04th, 2019 to devising a scheme to defraud the Jackson County Fiscal Court of over $160,000 and to misusing the identity of a Jackson County employee to facilitate her theft (Case: 6:18-cr-00027-CHB-HAI). Sallee, 38, of McKee, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and to one count of wire fraud. Sallee was scheduled be sentenced on June 18, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Claria Horn Boom for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
In the sentencing memorandum submitted by the prosecutors on June 04th, 2019 they stated that, “Defendant Beth Sallee exploited her position of public trust to steal $161,803.23 from Jackson County, Kentucky. Far from committing a one-off mistake, the Defendant crafted a calculated, sustained, and largely successful scheme to deceive the very people she was obligated to serve. She carefully concealed her theft for over four years—and with each of the over one hundred fraudulent checks she forged and deposited, she chose again to line her pockets at the expense of her community. The Defendant’s crimes have jeopardized Jackson County’s financial integrity and imperiled the public’s trust in its government. To reflect the seriousness of the Defendant’s crime and to deter other elected officials from committing similar violations of the public trust, the Government respectfully recommends that she receive a 27-to-33-month sentence of imprisonment for Count One (Wire Fraud) in addition to the statutory term of imprisonment required for Count Nine (Aggravated Identity Theft).” (The statutory term of imprisonment for “Aggravated Identity Theft” is 24 months, to be imposed consecutively to any other counts.) The prosecutions sentencing memorandum states that, “This recommended sentence falls within the Guideline range to which the parties stipulated in their Plea Agreement and the range calculated by Probation in its Presentence Report.” The federal prosecutors also asked for restitution in the amount of $161,808.23 and a three-year term of supervised release.
In summary, the United States respectfully requested that the Court sentence Sallee to a 27-to-33 month term of imprisonment for Count One (Wire Fraud) consecutive to a 24-month term of imprisonment for Count Nine (Aggravated Identity Theft), followed by a three-year term of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $161,808.23, as is mandatory by statute and stipulated by the parties.
On June 07th, 2019 Sallee, by counsel, made a motion to the Court to continue her sentencing, (scheduled for June 18, 2019), for thirty (30) days and to extend the deadline for her sentencing briefing accordingly.
The motion states, “As grounds for this motion, counsel states that the additional time is required to compile and adequately present to the Court information regarding the Defendant’s mental health during the time frame of her criminal conduct as well as certain extraordinary events which impacted the Defendant and her mental health during that period. Specifically, the Defendant wishes to present evidence regarding her highly publicized wrongful arrest by the former Jackson County Sheriff, the events leading up to that arrest, and the impact of these events on the Defendant. Counsel was recently provided with a large box of material, including the case file of the attorney who represented the Defendant in a civil action arising from the wrongful arrest, which document these events and their effects. Counsel needs the additional time requested to review, organize, and summarize these materials for presentation at the Defendant’s sentencing. The Defendant submits that these circumstances will justify a variance below the recommended sentencing guidelines.”
On June 10th, 2019 he court granted the motion for a continuance and rescheduled the sentencing to July 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Claria Horn Bloom, U.S. District Judge, at the U.S. Courthouse in London, KY.