Oct. 23, 2013 — The former manager of Rattlesnake Ridge Water District was arraigned Monday in Carter Circuit Court after being indicted on theft charges.
A Carter County grand jury indicted Christopher Stamper, 40, of Grayson, on Sept. 27 on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by a prison term of 5-10 years.
He pleaded not-guilty through his attorney, Will Wilhoit, and evidence discovery was turned over by Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon Ison.
“I will not make an offer in this case until I get the chance to speak with the Rattlesnake Ridge Water District,” Ison said.
Stamper was booked into the Carter County Detention Center on Oct. 5 and released on a $15,000 cash bond.
He allegedly took 29 checks totaling $29,239.93 from the water district, according to the indictment.
The Journal-Times learned in August that Stamper had been fired from the water district in the wake of financial irregularities.
He had been with the utility for 18 years when he was “discharged” on June 14.
Bill Gilbert, chair of the district's Board of Directors, later said Stamper was terminated for “misappropriation of funds.”
Stamper's pretrial conference has been set for Dec. 16.