Friday, April 2, 2004

Police investigating alleged embezzlement

By Bruce Schreiner
The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Thursday revealed that Kentucky State Police are investigating alleged embezzlement by a former ranking official within a state agency that regulates banking.

Fletcher and LaJuana Wilcher, secretary of the cabinet that includes the agency, said the alleged embezzlement involved tens of thousands of dollars.

Fletcher identified the employee as Barbara Nash, former director of the division of administrative services in the Office of Financial Institutions.

She was dismissed in late February after a review of travel reimbursement vouchers she submitted and approved, Wilcher said.

Nash allegedly used state funds to pay her personal credit card bills and to purchase crystal candy dishes, decorative prints and clocks, said Wilcher, secretary of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

No criminal charges have been filed.

During her time in the state treasurer's office, Nash's self-described job duties included writing confidentiality and ethics policy for the treasurer's office, according to a job application on file with the Kentucky Department for Personnel.

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