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Woman gets probation after admitting she stole $32,000



A 56-year-old Letcher County woman was placed on supervised probation after confessing to stealing at least $32,000 from her former employer.

Beverly C. Hogg, of 946 Johnson’s Fork, Premium, was named in three felony indictments in June charging her with embezzling at least $32,000 from HOMES Inc. (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service Inc.) during a three-year period beginning July 1, 2007.

The grand jury says Hogg took $11,349.39 in cash from HOMES, of Whitesburg, from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008, $16,217.63 from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, and $4,980.07 from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, when her job was terminated. She is also charged with attempting to conceal the embezzlement by falsifying the non-profit company’s financial records.

Hogg pleaded guilty recently to three counts of theft by failure to make required deposition of property less than $10,000, a Class D felony. Two of the charges were amended from theft by failure to make required deposition of property more than $10,000, a Class C felony, to theft by failure to make required deposition of property less than $ 10,000, a Class D felony.

A Class C felony carries a prison sentence of not less than five years and not more than 10 years and a fine not less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000.

A Class D felony carries a prison sentence of not less than one year and not more than five years and a fine not less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000.

As part of the plea agreement reached by Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks, Hogg’s attorney James W. Craft Sr. and Hogg, Hogg is ordered to pay $33,625.07 in restitution, which includes legal and accounting fees via the Letcher County Circuit Court Clerk to HOMES, Inc.

In the event other individuals are found to be involved in the thefts as a result of a polygraph test, Hogg is to fully cooperate in any civil or criminal prosecutions against the individuals by truthfully testifying against them.

Hogg is ordered to either serve 30 days in the county jail or perform 500 hours of court-approved community service.



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