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UPDATE: Former Sheriff's Office Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Theft in Office

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/24/13 @ 5:40 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A woman charged with embezzling more than $50,000 from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office told a judge Monday she has no money left to her name.

Mary Kimes, 45, pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to eight counts of theft in office, which is a third-degree felony. The Sheriff’s Office says Kimes was an employee from 2004 to 2012. According to the indictment, Kimes is accused of taking at least $56,000 from the Sheriff’s Office between January 2011 and June 2012.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case, and prosecutor Sarah Schenck said Monday that they are looking for justice for the victim, as they would in any case.

“In this particular case, the victim is the sheriff's department. And so as the case goes forward, we'll be consulting with them to determine what would be the best outcome. Obviously, restitution is a big factor in this case, so that will be a major consideration,” Schenck said.

If she is convicted, Kimes could face 24 to 40 years in prison – three to five years for each of the eight counts. She could also face $40,000 to $80,000 in fines, in addition to paying back the money she is accused of stealing.

Kimes told a judge Monday at her arraignment that she has no money, property or assets and cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Kimes will remain out of jail on her own recognizance until her trial in October. Her next hearing is set for the end of August.

After she was arraigned Monday, Kimes told WSAZ.com she is not ready to talk just yet but said she will have a lot to say once the court gives her an attorney.

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UPDATE 6/24/13 3 p.m.
POMEROY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former employee at the Meigs County Sheriff's Office has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of theft in office

In May, a grand jury indicted Mary Kimes, 44, on eight counts of theft in office.

Kimes was arraigned on the charges Monday afternoon in Meigs County Common Pleas Court. She will remain out of jail on her own recognizance until her trial in October.

Her next hearing is set for the end of August.

According to the indictment, Kimes is accused of taking a minimum of $56,000 from the Sheriff's Office between January 2011 and June 2012.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Kimes was an employee from 2004 to 2012.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/22/13
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former employee at the Meigs County Sheriff's Office has been charged with theft in office.

Mary Kimes, 44, was indicted last week on eight counts of theft in office.

According to the indictment, Kimes is accused of taking a minimum of $56,000 from the Sheriff's Office between January 2011 and June 2012.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Kimes was an employee from 2004 to 2012.

Kimes is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 24.


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