MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - An audit into the Martin County Clerk's Office shows several thousand dollars missing, and the clerk says her own daughters may be to blame.
Carol Sue Mills has been clerk for 23 years and said nothing like this has ever happened before.
Mills says she has been in emotional turmoil for weeks.
"I wanted the people of Martin County to know what I know," said Mills.
A routine audit revealed several thousand dollars appears to be missing, and the accused employees are a real surprise.
"I'm truly sorry. I haven't done anything, but this does involve people that's really close to me," said Mills.
Those people are her daughters, Tonya and Tammy.
"They've been with me since day one, and I don't know it's just unreal," said Mills.
Mills said right now the audit is still ongoing, but she said she has been told once it is over a formal investigation will be opened.
She said she does not know an exact amount that is missing, but she said it could be upwards of $20,000.
"I'm trying to come to work every day and go ahead and service the people like I always have, and we're trying to do our best here to keep our office going," said Mills.
With the help of employees who say they all feel like family.
"We just have to work hard and we'll get through this. We've been through other hard times, and we'll get through this," said Deputy Clerk Susie Skyles.
But Mills says it will not be easy.
"I always said if you can't trust your family who can you trust, right?" she said.
Mills says she expects the audit to take a couple more weeks.
She said she is not sure how the money was taken, but they have made changes to how money is handled within the office.
We were unable to reach Tonya or Tammy for comment.