- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A former St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office employee has pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges.

According to local media reports, former Chief Financial Officer Kim Kelly entered the plea Monday in 22nd Judicial District Court. Kelly is the last person to be arraigned on state charges that grew out of the 2013 federal case that sent former Coroner Peter Galvan to prison for two years.

Kelly is accused of allowing Galvan to make personal purchases with public money. In addition, Kelly is alleged to have helped Galvan cash in sick and vacation hours he had already used.

Mark Lombard, Galvan’s former chief death investigator, was arraigned last month on similar charges and pleaded not guilty.

Kelly and Lombard will stand trial on June 15 before separate judges.

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