Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Indictment Of Former Executive Director Simpson County Chamber Of Commerce

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2007  
Contact Information:  Corey Bellamy, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted the former Executive Director of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce on two counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Over $300, a Class D felony.

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Karen England Eaton, Franklin, Kentucky, age 42, is alleged to have stolen funds from the state treasury in the form of grant monies from the State Department of Agriculture to be distributed through the Simpson County Chamber of Commerce. The charges relate to grants given to the Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and 2006. If convicted, Eaton could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

“My office will vigorously prosecute any official who violates the public’s trust,” Stumbo said.

Eaton was executive director of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber from September 2000 through January 2007. The Department of Agriculture awarded grants to the chamber for the purpose of distributing agricultural diversification money to local farmers. Eaton is alleged to have illegally commingled the grant money with other chamber funds and subsequently stole the funds for her own gain.

The court has issued a warrant for Ms. Eaton’s arrest. An arraignment has not been scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and was referred to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution. Scott Crawford-Sutherland, Director of the Special Prosecutions Division, presented the case to the grand jury.

Charges are merely accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.