July 24, 2013 —
An investigation into $75,000 in missing funds led to the indictment and arrest of an Olive Hill woman.
Melissa Black, 43, was indicted on six counts of second degree forgery and six counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500. All 12 counts are Class D felonies.
In May, Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into multiple counts of theft and forgery reported by the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency.
The agency, which is an organization that provides direct social services to Kentuckians with low and moderate incomes, including education grants, reported that an ex-employee (Black) had been stealing money from the agency, and forging checks which had been issued to their clients.
Black was implicated on 55 counts of theft by unlawful taking (over $500), and 54 counts of second degree forgery, which allegedly netted the perpetrator more than $75,000 in illegitimate funds.
The case was presented to the Carter County grand jury on Friday, June 28, and an indictment was returned for twelve of the suspected counts. Black was arrested and lodged into the Carter County Detention Center on July 19 and released on a $25,000 surety bond.
Individual checks forged and money taken were at values ranging from $320 to $2,993.
This case remains under investigation by KSP Trooper David Boarman.