Child support worker admits stealing $126,000

Mary Elizabeth Pickett

ASHLAND, Ky. — The former manager of the Boyd County Child Support Enforcement Office has admitted to embezzling office funds.

Mary Elizabeth Pickett, 56, of Ashland, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and identity theft on Friday. She admitted to submitting false time sheets for a coworker, forging her supervisor’s signature on paperwork, then writing checks to herself.

Over a nearly seven-year period, Pickett got away with more than $126,000.

She now faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in January.