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Grove City Payroll Clerk Indicted For Felony Theft
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A Grove City payroll clerk was indicted on felony theft charges Wednesday.
Jacqueline Kincade, 62, is accused of writing $68,000 worth of checks to herself during the past six years.
A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Kincade on six felony charges including theft in office, tampering with records and filing fraudulent returns.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron Oâ€™Brien said Grove City lost more than just the amount of the unauthorized checks.
â€œBecause of that $68,000 theft you have the consequence of over a $1 million or about a $1 million in penalties which is the difficult circumstance,” O’Brien said.
The additional loss came from IRS penalties and interest, audit fees and police overtime.
Oâ€™Brien said he will ask Kincaid to pay restitution if she is found guilty. But the likelihood of a prison sentence is slim, he said, due to legislation state lawmakers passed last year to try to reduce prison costs.
â€œSo weâ€™re finding that people that you would kind of automatically assume would and should go to prison that the state authorities to cut costs arenâ€™t permitting them to be sentenced,” O’Brien said.
Kincade worked for Grove City for more than 20 years. Sheâ€™s expected to be arraigned in the next week or two.