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Former Water District Manager Arraigned on Theft Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) – The former manager of a water district that serves four eastern Kentucky counties was arraigned Monday for allegedly stealing nearly $30,000 from his former workplace.

Last month, a Carter County Grand Jury charged Christopher Stamper, 40, of Grayson, with one count of theft of unlawful taking more than $10,000.

Stamper was the office manger at the Rattlesnake Ridge Water District until he was dismissed in June.

According to the indictment and the General Manager at the Water District, Stamper wrote 29 unauthorized payroll checks that totaled more than $29,000.

Bernie McDowell tells the water district began investigating the alleged thefts back in May.

During Monday’s arraignment in Carter County Circuit Court, Stamper pleaded not guilty to the charge. He remains out of jail on bond following his arrest on October

Stamper had worked at the utility for 18 years.

The Rattlesnake Ridge Water District is the largest drinking water producer in Carter County. The water treatment plant purifies lake water for more than 4000 households in Carter, Elliott, Lawrence and Morgan Counties.

The water district recently completed a $6 million expansion project.

Stamper will be back in court on December 16.

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