Ex-county worker pleads not guilty to stealing

JACKSON COUNTY — A former Jackson County employee has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling about $890,000 from the county between 2001 and 2009.

Ginger Lynn Lashley entered the plea to an eight-count state indictment Friday. The Sun Herald reported that she was appointed a public defender and allowed to remain free on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Trial has been set for Nov. 8

Lashley was indicted last month. She had been working for the county as an accounts payable clerk before she was fired in 2009.

Authorities said a bank tipped off sheriff’s investigators to discrepancies in an account that turned out to be a personal savings account, opened under the name Jackson County Food Drive.

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