UPDATE | Former Child Support Office manager accused of stealing thousands pleads not guilty
A former office manager for the Boyd County Child Support Office pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $100,000 from that office's payroll account over a seven-year period.
Mary Pickett, 55, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, entered the plea in Boyd County District Court. She faces faces one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property (TBUT -- $10,000 or more but under $1 million) and 76 counts of first-degree forgery.
Investigators say Pickett, who was terminated earlier this fall, took about $113,000 from the agency's payroll account during a seven-year period. According to investigators, no actual children's programs were affected by the alleged theft.
Pickett's bond was set at $100,000.
A former office manager for a Child Support Office in Boyd County is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from that agency, Kentucky State Police said Monday.
Mary Pickett, 55, of Flatwoods, faces one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property (TBUT -- $10,000 or more but under $1 million) and 76 counts of first-degree forgery.
Troopers say they were contacted in late September by the Boyd County Child Support contracting official about the alleged theft from the agency's payroll office. Investigators say Pickett was subsequently terminated.
According to an indictment handed down by a Boyd County grand jury in late November, Pickett took about $113,000 from the payroll account over a seven-year period.
Investigators say Pickett “forged the name of another county official on multiple occasions to obtain more money unlawfully.”
Pickett is set to go before a judge Tuesday morning in Boyd County.