Hodgenville Mayor, City Clerk arrested; post bail shortly after

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 10:10 AM

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A grand jury charged them with multiple counts of abuse of public trust, and accused Cruse of accepting unlawful contributions to his campaign for Sheriff in 2010.

Cruse and Hornback released a statement Tuesday afternoon addressing the different accusations.

Cruse writes the 54 charges against Hornback and nine charges against him for allegedly using the city’s gas card for personal use are not accurate.  And that their use was legitimate under city policy.

He also contends the charges from the Commonwealth they overcharged the city for their work mileage.

“On the occasions that we were entitled to mileage payments, we charged the state .55 cents per mile,” wrote Cruse. “And Commonwealth claims the rate should have been .47 cents.  We believe that the rate of .55 cents per mile was correct based on other government authority.”

Cruse says his lawyer is had requested to sit down and review the investigation into charges he accepted contributions to his campaign over the 50 dollar limit for individuals, but has not been granted the meeting.

He and Hornback claim they wrote an eight page statement spelling out their position to the grand jury and were available to testify, but was never given a chance to defend themselves in person.

“I fully intend to continue on as your mayor,” writes Cruse.  “With no thought of resignation as well as my clerk-treasurer, MaDonna Hornback.”

“I feel that we have served the city well and will continue to do so in the future.” Cruse writes.  “To our friends we ask for your prayers and support through difficult times ahead.”

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