By Lindsay Kriz firstname.lastname@example.org
July 21, 2014
POMEROY — After a setback, a jury trial against a woman accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from the Meigs County Sheriff Department is scheuled to begin today in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
The trial for Mary Kimes, 46, was initially set to begin yesterday, but was postponed due to a lack of jury members sufficient for a trial. More jury will be called and were to report to the courthouse today at 8:30 a.m.
The grand jury indicted Kimes in May 2013 on eight counts of theft in office after rumors and speculation spread regarding missing funds from the sheriff’s office. Kimes was employed as the sheriff’s secretary under sheriffs Robert Beegle and Ralph Trussell until summer 2012.
Ohio Assistant Attorney General Melissa A. Schiffel will represent the state during the trial. Kimes’ two public defendents are David Baer and Herman Carson.
Counts 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Kimes’ indictment allege that between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, Kimes committed theft in office.
Counts 2, 4, 6 and 8 of the indictment allege that between Jan. 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 Kimes committed theft in office of property or service that belongs to the state, any other state, a country or municipal corporation of political subdivision.
According to each count, the theft amount was equal to or greater than $7,500, which means that combined the total amount is a minimum of $56,000.
Kimes has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If convicted, Kimes could face 24-40 years in prison — three to five years for each of the eight counts against her. She also faces a potential fine of $40,000-$80,000, in addition to paying back the money she has been accused of stealing.
Kimes is currently out on bond, according to the Meigs County Clerk of Courts.