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Former Morehead State employee indicted

Claypool-Young Art Building / Leeann Akers

A former Morehead State University employee has been indicted for allegedly using a University credit card to purchase more than $167-thousand dollars in merchandise, goods and services.

A Rowan County Grand Jury handed down the 12-count indictment on Friday which claims 51-year-old Sherri Ward made the fraudulent purchases between December 2017 and July of 2019.

Ward served as an Academic Specialist with the Department of Art and Design.  She was hired at the University in 2000.

According to the indictment, Ward also used a rubber stamp to forge the signature of a University professor, to request transfer of funds from the Morehead State University Foundation. The transfer amounts varied from just under $500 dollars to more than $11-thousand dollars over an 18-month period.  

She is charged with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, which is a class C felony in this case, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  Ward also faces 11 counts of second degree forgery, which is a Class D felony and punishable by up to 5 years.

Ward will appear in Rowan Circuit Court on January 17th for a status hearing.