UPDATE: Couple accused of stealing $90,000 of BINGO funds enter guilty pleas

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Update: 8-21-14

Robin and Charles Spence each pleaded guilty to stealing more than $90,000 from the Martin County Fair board.

As part of their plea agreements, prosecutors recommended a 20 year sentence for Robin and a five year sentence for Charles.

The pair is also required to pay $91,000 in restitution to the division of charitable gaming.
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A Martin County couple is accused of stealing more than $90,000 from a BINGO hall.

Police arrested Robin Spence and her husband Charles Spence on Saturday.

The Department of Charitable Gaming says the couple committed the felonies over a two-year span.

According to the Martin County Circuit Court indictments, Robin Spence diverted charitable funds from an Inez BINGO hall for her own financial benefit.

Charles Spence is accused of complicity for the same offense.

Officials from the Department of Charitable Gaming say someone tipped them off nearly one year ago about the possible crime, and have been working with the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

"There were different things that took place allegedly in each of these indictments," said Department of Charitable Giving spokesperson Dick Brown, "Ranging from not reporting proper amounts of sales of pool tabs to just actually diverting money and checks for their own purposes."

Robin Spence's charges could result in up to ten years in prison.

Both Robin and Charles Spence are scheduled in the Martin County Circuit Court Thursday at 10am.


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