City councilwoman indicted on forgery charges

Hopkinsville City Councilwoman Kimberly McCarley, 49, Hopkinsville, was indicted by a Christian County Grand Jury Friday on charges of forgery.

According to the indictment, on or about June 22, 2016, McCarley committed the offense of second-degree forgery by forging the name of Jan Thompson to a bank document without the permission or authority of Thompson.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling, McCarley allegedly forged Thompson’s name on a bank loan application that Thompson worked out.

“It involves the forgery of a document used in a loan application, where it contained false information and a forged signature,” Boling said. “Based on the person’s name that was written on there, the signature that was signed -- the person has verified that it was not her signature and she did not complete the document.”

Kentucky State Police investigated the case after Thompson reported the incident to police.

Boling added that the document McCarley allegedly forged her signature for was to approve McCarley’s employment and salary.

McCarley will be represented in court by Ben Fletcher, but has not yet been in custody at the time of this publication.

The New Era reached out to McCarley, however, she was advised not to speak with media.

The New Era also reached out to Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks who advised that the city will not comment on McCarley’s indictment as it is a personal matter and remains innocent by law until proven guilty.

There has been a bench warrant issued for McCarley’s arrest with a $5,000 in full cash bail.

McCarley currently represents Ward 2 for Hopkinsville City Council. She began serving on city council in 2009 after she was appointed by the council to fill the unexpired term of Ron Sherrill. According to New Era archives, McCarley also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Hopkinsville Public Transportation Advisory Committee.

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