Former Mammoth Cave employee sentenced for stealing more than $100,000 from the park

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PADUCAH, Ky. (WEHT) – A federal judge has sentenced a former Mammoth Cave employee after they stole more than $100,000 from the park.

Leslie Lewis was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release. Lewis will also have to pay restitution of $169,322 for theft of public money.

Earlier this year the 61-year-old, who is a former 30-year employee of Mammoth Cave National Park, was charged with one count of theft of public money.

Lewis plead guilty and admitted she stole more than $100,000 from the park.

According to a victim impact statement from the park, Lewis, who was employed to supervise, track, reconcile, and safeguard recreational fees to the park, repeatedly used their position to steal publicly collected funds from the park by manipulating the fee collection system and employees they supervised.

During a five year period, Lewis stole nearly $170,000. Lewis confessed to stealing from the park by creating false documents, filling out false deposit reports, and utilizing a duplicate check scheme.

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(This story was originally published on October 17, 2019)

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