Pike woman could be headed back to prison

Tabitha Chapman

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County woman released from prison earlier this year after being convicted of stealing government funds could be headed back to prison.

Tabitha Chapman, 38, of Mills Branch, pleaded guilty in 2018 to drawing nearly a quarter-million dollars in Social Security survivor’s benefits to which she was not entitled. She was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to repay the money.

She was released back in April.

She was rearrested on Monday, after a probation officer said she violated her supervision by using or possessing drugs, committing a crime and lying to the probation office. The officer has recommended she be sent back to prison.

No hearings on the matter have yet been set.