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Woman indicted for stealing from McSweeney’s

A former accounting employee at a South Point-based fabricating company was indicted by a Lawrence County Grand Jury this week for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from the company.

Selma Dean, 51, of 216 W. Forestdale Road, Ashland, Ky., was indicted on a fourth-degree count of theft from McSweeney’s Inc. and a second-degree count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

According the indictment, the alleged thefts occurred over a five-year period from June 2007 to June of this year.

A report from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office stated Dean was an accounting employee at McSweeney’s and was responsible for printing off some payroll checks and checks to be distributed to various charities.

According to the report, the vice president of the company, Sandra Blackburn, discovered that Dean allegedly printed checks and entered them into the computer system as being distributed to the charities, but were actually written to Dean. Dean also allegedly wrote herself extra payroll checks.

According to the report, Dean was confronted by the company about the allegation and her employment was terminated.

The report also said Dean said to investigators that the signature on the payroll checks being fraudulently cashed was hers.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said Dean faces up to eight years in prison for the second-degree felony charge.

Two Ironton Post Office employees were also indicted this week.

Forest Halterman Jr., 40, of 2528 S. 12th St., Ironton, a temporary letter carrier, was indicted on a felony count of theft of drugs and a misdemeanor count of theft.

The felony theft charge alleges that Halterman stole a parcel containing prescription medication being shipped from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to a veteran living in Ironton. The misdemeanor charge alleges Halterman stole money from a petty cash fund at the Ironton post office.

In a separate matter, Herbert M. Dalton II, 34, of 2316 Meadow Ridge Court, Wheelersburg, who worked at the post office customer desk, was indicted on two counts of tampering with records and one count of misdemeanor theft.

The tampering with records charges allege Dalton falsified sales transactions in the point of sale system. The misdemeanor theft charge alleges Dalton deprived the Postal Service of $788.94.

Investigations for both cases were conducted by special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in Columbus and both were arrested in September.

According to the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., others indicted were:

• Michael Thompson, 27, of 190 Private Drive 779 County Road 56, South Point, was indicted on two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and two counts of sexual battery involving two juveniles, ages 14 and 16.

According to Anderson, the sexually oriented matter was “videos depicting minors in sexual acts.”

• April Mount, 38, of 282 Township Road 36, Ironton, two counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs.

• William Roy, 42, of 1299 County Road 1, South Point, obstructing justice.

• John Stafford, 46, of 2214 Liberty St., Ashland, Ky., trafficking in drugs (oxycodone).

• Manuel Anderson, 33, of 911 Ninth Ave., Huntington, W.Va., trafficking in drugs (oxycodone).

• Heather Ratliff, 29, of 23 A. Private Drive 2823, South Point, complicity to trafficking in drugs.

• Steven Conley, 23, of 2465 County Road 61, Kitts Hill, complicity to aggravated robbery and trafficking in drugs.

• Amanda Dempsey, 26, of 1035 County Road 1 Apt. 228, South Point, aggravated robbery.

• Beverly Maynard, 49, of 1035 County Road 1 Apt. 228, South Point, complicity to aggravated robbery.

• James Brown, 19, of 2811 County Road 6, Rock Camp, two counts of complicity to burglary, attempted burglary and burglary.

• Jacob Brown, 21, of 2811 County Road 6, Rock Camp, two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

• Matthew McFarland, 19, of 210 Dutey Drive, Coal Grove, two counts of assault on a peace officer.

• Glen Hall Jr., 58, of 24 Firefighter Lane, Chattaroy, W.Va., two counts of trafficking in drugs (Hydrocodone and Xanax) and two counts of possession of drugs.

• Richard Cremeans II, 27, of 1043 County Road 59, Chesapeake, possession of drugs (oxycodone), possession of cocaine and obstructing official business.

• Christopher Smith, 44, of 346 Vale Road, Bidwell, complicity to robbery.

• Bruce Jamison, 36, of 29 Private Drive 257, South Point, robbery.