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Former Madison County Clerk Indicted on Theft Charge

Thursday, 07 18, 2013

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment of former Madison County Clerk William Gabbard on one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $300. A Madison County grand jury returned the indictment against Gabbard yesterday following an investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations, the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Department of Revenue.

The investigation of Gabbard began in November 2009 following an audit conducted by the state auditor's office. Gabbard is accused of changing social security numbers in the Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) allowing Gabbard to register his personal vehicles without paying taxes, interest and penalties.

Prosecution of this case is being handled by the Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, following a request by Madison County Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith for appointment of a special prosecutor.

The charge against Gabbard is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. His arraignment is scheduled for August 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Madison Circuit Court.

A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.