Attorney General Russell Coleman

Attorney General Coleman Announces Indictment Charging One Felony and One Misdemeanor of Owsley County, Kentucky Clerk

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 4, 2024) – Attorney General Russell Coleman announced that action by the Special Prosecutions Division resulted in the indictment of Owsley County Clerk Shanna Oliver, 41, of Booneville, for tampering with public records and official misconduct.

On January 3, 2024, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Oliver on:

  • One count of Tampering with Public Records (Class D Felony)
  • One count of Official Misconduct Second Degree (Class B Misdemeanor)

According to the indictment, upon proper request and knowing she lacked the authority to retain them, Oliver unlawfully refused to deliver public records in her possession to public servants from the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation, who were lawfully entitled to receive such records for examination or other purposes. Additionally, Oliver, a public servant, unlawfully refrained from performing her duty when she failed to send paperwork regarding the purchase of a trailer to the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation.

Detectives Dakota Stamper and Matt Easter of the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigated the case on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley presented the case before the Franklin County Grand Jury on behalf of the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Supreme Court’s rule on trial publicity limits information the Office can provide publicly.

The charges in an indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



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