Hearing set Thursday in theft case

Published 9:26 am Tuesday, July 31, 2012



The woman charged in connection with money allegedly stolen from the county treasurer’s office will be back in court on Thursday.

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During a Monday arraignment in Ironton Municipal Court Mindy Joseph, 30, pleaded not guilty to four charges in connection with approximately $2,200 allegedly taken from the treasurer’s office when she worked there as a deputy treasurer.

She is facing three felony charges and one misdemeanor: theft over $1,000 but less than $7,500; theft under $1,000 but over $500; identity fraud; and tampering with evidence.

Joseph, of 568 Township Road 253, Ironton, was terminated from the treasurer’s office on July 23.

The charges stem from an investigation by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office that began when an employee of the treasurer’s office said her identity had been used to get a credit card.

According to Sheriff Jeff Lawless, his office had been investigating the identity theft allegations before the alleged theft of money was brought to his attention. County Treasurer Stephen Burcham said he contacted the sheriff’s office on July 20 about the alleged incident.

During the arraignment Joseph was appointed Ironton attorney Scott Evans. She will appear for a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court.