Charges against former water clerk dismissed

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

MOUNT OLIVET — Charges against a former water department clerk have been dismissed.

Sandra Fryman, who formerly worked as the Mount Olivet Water Department Clerk, was indicted in March 2017 on two counts theft by failure to make required disposition of property $300 or more, abuse of public trust, $10,000 or more, but less than $100,000 and theft by unlawful taking, $500 or more, but less than $10,000.

According to the indictment, the charges stemmed from allegations that Fryman used the water company’s accounts to pay personal credit cards and allegedly gave herself unauthorized raises.

According to Fryman’s attorney Ben Shields, the charges against Fryman were recently dismissed, though he said he did not wish to comment further on the case. He also did not elaborate on the reason the charges were dismissed.

“I think the dismissal speaks for itself,” he said. “We’ve been working toward this for a long time.”

Fryman was initially indicted after an investigation began by Kentucky State Police.

According to earlier reports, in 2014, a KSP investigator, along with Mount Olivet Police Chief Michael Rigdon arrived at Fryman’s office on April 23, 2014, and asked if she would answer some questions about an investigation.

On April 29 of that year, she was put on administrative leave without pay.

KSP took some city office records, including annual audit reports, along with whatever was taken from the water department offices.

According to former City Attorney Kelly Caudill, he was only aware of materials being seized under the warrant from the water department offices, and that items like the city audits should have had more than one copy so they would be available to the public.

Christy Howell-Hoots

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