Woman Admits To Stealing Thousands From Lexington Auto Dealership

She was hired as an accountant for one of Lexington's biggest auto dealerships.

But instead of keeping track of their money, police say Shirley Bachelor actually spent several years stealing it.

Officials say Bachelor stole $712,000 from Glenn Auto Mall between 2003 and 2006.

She pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday morning to bank fraud.

Officials say she stole the money by signing checks on Glenn bank accounts to her friends, family, and to a business she owned in Danville.

Bachelor will be arraigned Friday in Fayette District Court on four other felony counts of theft by unlawful taking.

As for the federal bank fraud charge, Bachelor will be sentenced in January. She could face up to 30 years in prison.

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  • by keith jordan Location: BARBOURVILLE on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:14 AM
  • by Linda Location: London on Oct 3, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    How could anyone take thak kind of money and not get caught for three years.
  • by Tamra Location: Lex on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    She will probably be like the woman in Lincoln who stole that much and was put behind bars for 6 months and then set free only to pay a monthly payment to pay it back. She can't live long enough to pay that back. Now the woman in Lincoln County goes and doe whatever she wants. I think the best punishment would be to put her behind bars away from her family. why let her stay out and spend time with these people it would be just like she isn't punished, if she stays out of jail to work it off her life won't change, she was workin prior to this. If they don't punish these people EVERYONE will think it is ok to steal money and then just work it off, we will have this whole world stealing before to long. She is a threat, she cares about no one but herself, she got desperate and look what she did, what if it was your money she stole. NOT a THREAT what the heck. There is no telling what she would do if she got desperate again.
  • by cindy Location: somerset on Oct 3, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    C I agree, I think we should let all prisoners out of prison and just have them pay off their crimes. How stupid, is what she did ok but the men who rob houses and get 20 years ( am probably less then $200 worth of junk) worth what it costs to house them in prision? Why? Because she was dealing with large amounts of money instead of being poor people? Really I think you should look into a fine system and assign a certain amount to each crime and close down the prisons. Get real.
  • by Ben Location: lex on Oct 2, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    AMM... Dire situation? Sounds like some of her family must have been in dire need, as well as some of her friends. She owned a business, if it were doing so poorly, CLOSE IT DOWN. This lady averaged over $230,000.00 per year stealing from Glenn. I don't know what tax bracket you are in, but $712,000.00 is more than I would make in 15 years! She'll go to jail and our taxes will pay for her to eat, watch tv, etc. Give her a case of Hefty bags and get her out here on New Circle picking up trash for the next 10 years. Make her wear a sign saying "Remember my face-I am a thief" We'll see what the punishment is, but I will bet it won't fit the crime.
  • by JW Location: KY on Oct 2, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    I agree, she is not a threat to anyone, but she should have to work to pay this back.
  • by Ernie Location: Frankfort on Oct 2, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    No, but when or if the casino's open you can expect a lot more of it.
  • by Ben Location: lex on Oct 2, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    I bought a car there once and they stole thousands from me. I call it even
  • by AMM on Oct 2, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    I know that it is very easy to sit back and judge those that we do not know; I am guilty of it myself. However I know Shirley and worked for her years ago and while I do agree that what she did was both morally and criminally wrong and that she deserves punishment, sometimes dire situations make people do things they would otherwise not do. So please remember that we can never truly understand what is like to be in anyone else's shoes.
  • by C, L, Location: Eastern, Ky. on Oct 2, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    Where are all the choppers at during fire season? We sure know during growing season!
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