Kathryn Hayes, a former employee of the Braxton County Sheriff's office, has pled guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement.|
Hayes' case coincides with charges just brought against an employee of the Gilmer County Sheriff's Department.
See Herald story 10/17/05.
In a plea agreement reached in Braxton County, thirty additional counts of falsifying records were dropped.
Hayes was accused of embezzling $18,777.67 from the county's general fund and other special accounts.
The shortage was found by the Sheriff's department's internal audit in May, 2004.
Hayes, a fifteen-year employee of the county, was removed from her duties last year.
The plea agreement says that Hayes must make restitution in the amount of $34,231.86. She must pay the county for $15,454.19 incurred for audit expenses.
Her sentencing is scheduled for January.