TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Former McCracken School Employees Charged With Theft
Date of News Release: 02/22/2011
(Paducah, Ky.) -- Two men were jailed Tuesday afternoon after being indicted for theft by a McCracken County Grand Jury. 51-year-old, Thomas Clement of McCracken County, and 43-year-old Christopher Stamper of Marshall County, both turned themselves into Kentucky State Police just after 2:00 PM at the McCracken County Jail.
The charges stem from a Kentucky State Police investigation which began on December 22nd. Kentucky State Police were notified by a representative of the McCracken County School District of possible misuse of school transportation funds by district employees. Detectives were told that several items including utility trailers and other automotive equipment were being stored in a field in Marshall County. Detectives located and seized the items as evidence. The investigation continued into January.
Further investigation revealed that two employees of the McCracken County Schools bus garage worked together to purchase thousands of dollars worth of automotive items and other tools with school transportation funds. Many of the items were purchased for personal use. Further investigation showed that many of the invoices for the items had been altered to show that the items were legitimate district related purchases. The charges exceed $10,000.
On Friday, February, 18th, a Kentucky State Police Detective presented the investigation to a McCracken County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned indictments for Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $10,000, and Receiving Stolen Property Over $10,000. Bond for both men was set at $2500.00.
On Tuesday, February 22, Stamper and Clement were each charged with both offenses and lodged in the McCracken County Jail. The investigation is continuing by Detective John Sims with the Kentucky State Police.