Former LaRue sheriff charged with embezzling county funds

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A former LaRue County Sheriff was charged with felony embezzlement involving more than $5,000 in district court on Friday.

If convicted, Bobby Carlton Shoffner, 58, of Hodgenville, could face up to five years in prison, followed by three years supervised release, as well as a maximum $250,000 fine.

Shoffner retired as sheriff in February 2013, according to the News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Ky., after serving more than 10 years in elected office.

U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky John Kuhn said monies from a $10,000 federal grant awarded to LaRue County went missing sometime between May 13, 2011, and May 13, 2012.

The charge against Shoffner states he, “being an agent of LaRue County, allegedly embezzled, stole, intentionally misapplied, and knowingly converted to his own use without lawful authority, monies in excess of $5,000 which belonged to, were owned by and were under the care, custody, and control of LaRue County.”

The case is under investigation by the FBI.

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