PIKEVILLE – In Pike County last week, two indictments were handed down naming two Floyd County natives in a charge of embezzlement.
According to court documents from the U.S. District Court in Pikeville, Elizabeth D. Tackett and James L. Mullins were both indicted on counts of embezzlement from post offices with which they were employed.
In the indictment against Tackett, the record states that from about roughly December 27, 2014, and continuing until on or about October 1, 2015, in Floyd County, Tackett, “being a United States Postal Service employee, did convert to her own use money and property coming into her hands or under her control in any manner in the execution or under color of her employment.”
The sum to which Tackett allegedly embezzled is valued at over $1000 which could carry a fine of up to $250,000 and ten years in prison.
Mullins is facing a similar, though lesser charge, stating that the value of his alleged embezzlement is less than $1000. If proven guilty, Mullins could face one year in prison, and a $100,000 fine.
In an indictment the grand jury will not find guilt, but only the probability that a crime was committed, that the accused person did it, and that he/she should be tried. An individual is only convicted after being proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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