Tribune-Courier News Reporter
A Paducah woman was arraigned last week in Marshall County District Court for the theft of nearly $65,000 from a Benton physician.
Judge Jack Telle entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Sandra Hastings, 53, of Paducah.
Hastings had been employed as the office manager for Dr. Glen Van Loon during which time she allegedly stole funds by making electronic transfers from the office’s bank account into her own, both of which were at Region’s Bank.
The alleged embezzlement took place between February 2012 and December 13, 2013.
Dr. Van Loon, an internal medicine specialist in Benton, reported money missing from his account to the Kentucky State Police on December 19.
Van Loon also told police Hastings had been making excuses and missing work since early December when he discovered the missing funds.
KSP launched an investigation and discovered Hastings had overdrawn her account in the amount of $100.
Police say Region’s records revealed withdrawals had occurred on the account in both California and Kentucky.
Hastings was located and arrested by KSP Officer Brian Duvall on an Ewarrant while traveling on Interstate 24 about a mile west of Calvert City last Tuesday.
She was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center, where she remains on a $25,000 bond.
Hastings has a long history of run-ins with the law. Prior records include several drug and alcohol-related convictions in Graves County, bail jumping, theft by deception and criminal trespassing.
If proven guilty, Hastings could face up to 10 years in jail for the theft, which is a Class C felony.
She will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.