MOREHEAD A former Morehead State University employee has been indicted for fraud and forgery by a Rowan County grand jury.

Sherri P. Ward, 51, was indicted Oct. 18, for one count fraudulent use of a credit card when police say she used a Morehead State Visa purchasing card to obtain $167,072.81 in merchandise for her personal use between Dec. 8, 2017, and July 1, 2019.

The indictment claims Ward, who had worked in the department of art and design, also used a rubber signature stamp to forge the signature of Dr. Jean Petsch to a money transfer request from the MSU Foundation.

The 11 forgery counts, according to the indictment, occurred May 2018 through Feb. 4, 2019 when MSU police say Ward transferred more than $47,000 from the Foundation. The amounts ranged from $494 to $11,000.

The charges are punishable by 5-10 years for fraud and 1-5 years for the forgery charges.

A status hearing is set for January 2020 in Rowan Circuit Court.

Another former MSU employee was indicted by a Rowan County grand jury in August when police say she used her MSU issued credit card to obtain $5,175.45 in services between May 22, 2017, and June 20, 2019.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only. That person is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Stephanie Ockerman can be reached at sockerman@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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