Whitesburg KY

Golden Years administrator accused of stealing $50,000 by attorney general’s office

A former Jenkins mayor was arrested last week after being indicted on charges of stealing more than $50,000.

James F. “Chum” Tackett, of 351 No. 1 Hill, Jenkins, 68, was arrested April 21 by Sgt. Jason Bates of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department.

Tackett was charged with 66 counts of theft over $500, two counts of theft over $10,000, one count of theft under $500 and five counts of exploitation of an adult over $300.

Golden Years Rest Home, Inc. of Jenkins, is named as a co-defendant in the indictment.

The charges, which cover the period from Sept. 2005 to Oct. 2009, came as the result of an investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

According to the indictment, Tackett obtained “funds from U.S. Treasury checks and Kentucky Department of the Treasury checks and intentionally dealt with property as his own.” The indictment also says the conduct was “wantonly tolerated by the board of directors of Golden Years Rest Home or by a high managerial agent” of the nursing home.

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