Beshear: Former Estill County Judge-Executive Indicted for Abuse of Public Trust


Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced the indictment of a former Estill County judge-executive for alleged theft of funds belonging to Estill County.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Wallace Taylor, 56, of Irvine, Tuesday, Sept. 18 on one count of abuse of public trust over $10,000, a Class C felony.

Beshear’s office charges that while serving as the Estill County judge-executive, on or about Dec. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, Taylor took more than $38,000 in state and federal grants that belonged to the county.

The Franklin Circuit judge issued a $40,000 bench warrant for Taylor, who was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, and was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

The Kentucky State Police investigated the case, and Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions is prosecuting the case.

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

To report illegal activity on the part of an elected or appointed official contact Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations hotline at 866-524-3672 or email [email protected]​

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