A judge has overturned a jury’s verdict in the case of a woman from Wapello who was accused of forging nearly 22-thousand dollars in checks. Thirty-nine-year-old Sandra Kemp was accused of forging the checks from her mother-in-law’s account. Her mother-in-law died just two weeks ago. On Wednesday, the Louisa County jury found her guilty of first degree theft and first degree forgery, but the Judge granted the defense motion for dismissal, citing a lack of evidence. He said the jury based its verdict on speculation because there’s no proof Kemp didn’t have permission to write the checks. Three years ago, Kemp pleaded guilty to stealing more than 140-thousand dollars from the Louisa County Solid Water Board, where she was secretary/treasurer.
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