Charges dropped against arrested Jackson Co. officials

JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Charges have been dropped against two Jackson County officials.

Judge-Executive William Smith and Treasurer Beth Sallee were arrested during a fiscal court meeting in January by the Jackson County Sheriff.

They were accused of tampering and falsifying records, forgery and abuse of public trust.

They appeared in a Jackson County courtroom on Thursday morning, but the charges against them were dropped. The prosecutor dismissed the case, saying there was no evidence to support the charges.

At the time of the arrest, Jackson County sheriff Denny Peyman said he found evidence of wrongdoing going back decades. Peyman said the arrests stemmed from unaccounted for money in an audit of the year ending June 30, 2011.

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