Former Pike County employee indicted on $126,500 theft

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Pike County grand jury has indicted a former employee of the Pike County Master Commissioner’s office on two charges.

The Attorney General’s office said Linda Chaney, 46, also known as Linda Anderson, of Georgetown, Ky., is accused of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, and second degree forgery.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations alleges that from 2014-2016 Chaney wrote checks to herself totaling more than $126,500, and altered bank records to hide the thefts.

The Audit Division of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts aided in the investigation.

A master commissioner’s office is an agent or arm of a circuit judge and assists the court in the discharge of its duties and the enforcement of its judgments, for example, conducting sales of property to satisfy liens, mortgages or claims of ownership.

Chaney is scheduled for arraignment on August 31, at Pike Circuit Court.

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