FRANKFORT — A former Estill County judge/executive has admitting taking money belonging to the county government.
According to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions, Wallace Taylor, 57, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of abuse of public trust under $10,000, a Class D felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
However, he was sentenced to a term of three years, which will be diverted for a period of five years. According to the plea agreement, Taylor will pay restitution of $38,850 to Estill County from the bail money that was posted in this matter.
From December 2016 through March 2017, while serving as the Estill County judge/executive, Taylor took more than $38,000 in state grant money that belonged to the county.
“Kentuckians expect that public officials will follow the law and uphold the public trust,” Beshear said. “Those who would violate that trust need to be held accountable. I congratulate the prosecutors in my office for the result in this case and I thank the Kentucky State Police investigators for their work.”
Kentucky State Police investigated the case, and it was prosecuted by Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions.
To report illegal activity on the part of an elected or appointed official contact the AG’s Department of Criminal Investigations hotline at 866-524-3672 or email DCIForce@ky.gov.