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Second daughter sentenced in Martin County clerk's office investigation

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A second woman, accused of stealing money from the Martin County Clerk's Office, is headed to prison.

Tamberlyn Sue Hairston, 41, was sentenced Thursday to five years behind bars.

She and her sister, Tonya Mills, 47, were charged after auditors found $20,000 in unaccounted funds in the Martin County Clerk's Office in 2012.

The two women are sisters. Their mother, Carol Mills, is the Martin County Clerk.

Carol Mills told WSAZ.com that after learning the money was missing she terminated her two daughters for misconduct. Mills said she believed Hairston may have been helping her sister with an overwhelming addiction problem.

Tonya Mills was sentenced earlier this month to five years behind bars. She pleaded guilty in August to an amended charge of abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

Hairston pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of public trust less than $10,000 and four counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged instrument. Hairston was sentenced to five years behind bars, but the sentences will run concurrently for a total of five years.

Hairston's sentence was postponed because her daughter has been diagnosed with a tumor and needed to see a specialist.

The sentencing for both women was held in Johnson County, Kentucky.


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