Office of the Attorney General
Former Corydon Sewer Clerk Sentenced to 10 Years for Theft of City Funds

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 19, 2012  
Revision Date:  Friday, June 22, 2012 
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the sentencing of former Corydon Sewer Clerk Melissa Clark in the theft of city funds. Henderson Circuit Judge Karen Wilson sentenced Clark to 10 years in prison and ordered her to pay $75,000 in restitution and $155 in court costs after Clark's May 24, 2012 guilty plea to a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony. Clark's guilty plea followed an investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

"During a time of strained resources for communities across Kentucky, I am pleased that Ms. Clark's sentence includes restitution," General Conway said. "I appreciate the work of my investigators, the Henderson County Commonwealth's Attorney's office and the State Auditor's office in bringing this case to a successful close."

An audit conducted in January of 2011 by the state Auditor's Office revealed that tens of thousands of dollars in receipts had not been deposited into the city of Corydon's bank accounts. The Auditor's Office referred its findings to the Attorney General's office in February of 2011 for investigation.

General Conway's DCI investigators determined that Clark was writing checks to petty cash, or to herself, and then depositing the cash into her personal bank account. On several occasions, Clark wrote checks from the City Sewer Account to pay for personal items she ordered out of a gift and home goods catalog.

Prosecution of this case was handled by the office of Bill Markwell, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 51st Judicial Circuit representing Henderson County. Clark was taken into custody by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office following her sentencing.