Sanitation District Employee Indicted on Charges Related to Theft from Agency
An employee of Sanitation District 1 is indicted on charges related to alleged theft from the utility.
Kristy L. Pryor was indicted this month on charges of abuse of public trust (more than $10,000) and theft by deception (more than $10,000). Each charge is a class C felony and punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.
According to investigators, Pryor, who worked in the human resources department at SD1, allegedly manipulated payroll and accounting systems to cash out vacation time which was never deducted from her accrued vacation and was in excess of that to which she was entitled.
After subtracting the vacation time to which Pryor was legitimately entitled, the loss to SD1 is estimated to be around $15,000.
"In early 2015, SD1 discovered a financial discrepancy involving Kristy Pryor. While the amount was under $20,000, we immediately contacted the Commonwealth's Attorney's office that has since been handling the investigation. SD1 takes matters like this very seriously and has been proactive with our actions," said SD1 executive director Dave Rager. "Upon discovering this issue, Kristy was suspended without pay and as a result of her recent indictment she has been terminated. SD1 will be seeking full reimbursement."
The investigation was conducted by Kenton County Police, Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told The River City News. He said that SD1 has been "completely cooperative with the investigation".
Pryor will be arraigned on August 31.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher
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