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Former Fentress Clerk Has March Date For Theft, Forgery Charges

Former Fentress County Clerk Kellye Crabtree has until March 29 to reach a plea deal or go to trial.

Crabtree faces four charges, stemming from accusations of misappropriating more than $239,000. Some Fentress County residents have raised concerns about delays in the case.

“The COVID pandemic, the Supreme Court has just recently extended the suspension of jury trials through March,” Effler said. “That has resulted in the delay of not only this case but many others that my office is prosecuting.”

District Attorney General Jared Effler said that Crabtree’s defense has until Friday to provide discovery.

Effler said the next step in this case is a February 8th recall date set by the judge to monitor the progress of the case. Kellye Crabtree is facing charges that include Theft of Property $60,000-$200,000, Forgery of $60,000 or more, Theft of Property $1,000-$2,500 and Official Misconduct.

Crabtree is accused of using a Walmart credit card to purchase more than $237,000 in personal items between December 2014 and December 2018. It is alleged Crabtree was able to conceal the misappropriation because she maintained the Walmart card accounts.

She is also accused of misappropriating an additional $2,000 by forging checks to herself while serving a role as treasurer for a baseball league. Crabtree was fired in December 2018.