Beth Sallee

Former Jackson County Treasurer Beth Sallee pleaded guilty in Federal Court to two counts and sentencing is scheduled

Court sentencing for former Jackson County Treasurer, Beth N. Sallee has been rescheduled for October 01st, 2019. The sentencing was previously scheduled for August 27th, 2019 but the attorney representing Sallee requested the rescheduling to accommodate other pressing court obligations. 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 originally 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. The United States moves the court for entry of an Order of Forfeiture consisting of a money judgment based on the defendant’s guilty plea and agreement to entry of a money judgment. The “Order of Forfeiture” shall become final as to the Defendant at the time of sentencing and shall be made part of the sentence and included in the judgment.

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. The sentencing will occur before Judge Claria Horn Bloom for the Eastern District of Kentucky on October 01, 2019 at the U.S. Courthouse in London, KY.

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