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Martin Co. Clerk speaks after her daughters are indicted

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - They once served Martin County but now they are charged with abusing the public's trust. It has been a rough couple of days for Martin County Clerk Carol Sue Mills after a grand jury indicted two of her daughters.

Mills says this is a decision she saw coming after being subpoenaed, "I had to testify against my children which was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do."

The State Auditors Office opened an investigation after Mills had told them about some concerns she had with some employees...those employees were her own daughters, Tanya Mills and Tammy Hairston. The investigation found more than 20,000 dollars unaccounted for. Mills says she feels bad for her daughters, "I've done nothing wrong it is just a shock to me and I feel bad for them. They worked here 23 years and I don't know what happened, it was unreal and I know people have to pay for what they do."

The Martin County Judge Executive says Mills has always been a good example of who a county clerk should be, "all of her audits were always perfect, little comments if any until this thing came up." Judge Callaham believes, "things arise you can't do nothing about especially when your children are involved."

Mills says despite what's happened...many are still supporting her, "if it hadn't been for the love and support of my community, my friends and church, i couldn't make it."

Mills and Hairston are set to be arraigned December 20th at 10 a.m. Carol Sue Mills has decided to retire once her current term is up.

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