Trial for former sheriff’s office employee delayed
Published 11:52 am Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Connie Smith faces charges of abuse of public trust, theft by unlawful taking
Connie Smith faces charges of abuse of public trust over $10,000 but under $100,000; and theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more. Both charges stem from the same allegations, said her attorney Thomas Clay, of Louisville, in a previous article.
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Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said more evidence was being examined in the case. He wasn’t certain when the case would be brought back to court.
Smith had worked as a tax administrator for the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office.
A Sept. 1, 2013, issue of The Advocate-Messenger states that Smith was fired in October 2012 after she refused the option of being placed on suspension by then-Sheriff Marty Elliott. Through an open records request at the time, a letter from Elliott to Smith said she “rejected suspension then stated, ‘Fire me.’”
Files obtained from the Boyle County Circuit Clerk’s Office state that a diversion agreement between the commonwealth’s attorney and Smith’s attorney was reached that would have required Smith to repay $60,504.43 in restitution, remain on probation, perform 40 hours of community service each year and maintain full-time employment. She would have avoided jail time under that agreement.