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Officials Investigating Theft At Reformatory

From Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh: The State Auditor’s office says an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange used sophisticated computer skills to manipulate payroll for some fellow inmates.By adding software code to an Excel spreadsheet, an unidentified inmate was able to boost commissary payments for 21 inmates by about seven thousand dollars. The inmate’s actions occurred over a 13-month period at Kentucky Correctional Industries.State Auditor Crit LuAllen says while her office was reviewing the inmate payroll processing system, an anonymous tip led to the investigation."Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson has responded to our findings with a letter stating that her office has reviewed the recommendations and will take strong measures to implement them," Luallan said.She added that no KCI staff was involved and the prisoners who benefited, including the alleged ringleader, are being investigated. KCI employs hundreds of inmates statewide who are involved in the production of goods, like furniture, signs and clothing, utilized by state government.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.