Bookkeeper admits she helped former sheriff steal money

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

She said in court the former sheriff told her he’d “take care” of missing money.

Vicky Paul entered a guilty plea in federal court to an embezzling charge Thursday, admitting she helped Lawrence Hodge pocket the money while taking a kickback.

A somber Vicky Paul walked into the federal courthouse Thursday morning. In her plea, she admitted she fixed the books for years for then Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge.

Paul told the judge it started as a one-time thing, then in her words, just “kept snowballing.”

For five years, prosecutors said she worked with Hodge to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Paul admitted to altering tax account records with Hodge’s permission, then taking part of that money.

Former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge plead guilty to money laundering and drug charges in federal court last week.

We gave Paul opportunities to talk to us outside the federal courthouse in London, but she did not say anything.

At one point, a man walking beside her put his hand on our camera.

The maximum sentence Paul could face is ten years in prison. The judge said she will pay restitution.

That amount has not been determined.

As part of the plea, Paul waived her right to appeal to a higher court. The judge will make a final decision whether or not he will accept the plea at her sentencing hearing, September 1st.


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