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UPDATE: Hodgenville officials surrender to police; bond out of jail

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LARUE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) - Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk Madonna Hornbeck surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning, according to Larue Co. Jail officials. The two were released after they each paid a $9,500 cash or property bond.     

The two Hodgenville officials have been indicted on multiple charges relating to allegations about the misuse of city funds.

Commonwealth's Attorney for Larue County Terry Geoghegan says City Clerk Madonna Hornback has been indicted on 55 class D felonies while Mayor Terry Cruse has been indicted on 14 counts.

According to an indictment, Cruse is charged with nine counts of abusing public trust, one count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of breaking campaign contribution restrictions/expenditures limits, and two counts of forgery in the second degree.

Hornback is charged with 54 counts of abusing public trust, and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Hornback and Cruse have been the center of a Kentucky State Police investigation for the last several months. City council members say it was on June 26 of this year that police showed up and seized computers and financial documents from inside city hall.

Geoghegan says the investigation came as the result of complaints from citizens.

"It's our understanding that complaints came into state police and maybe more than one complaint," said Geoghegan. "There were complaints from residents about some charges being made on city credit cards."

After digging through financial documents, police submitted their findings to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, resulting in the charges.

The indictments allege that between June 2012 and February 2013, Mayor Cruse used the city gas card to fill up a personal vehicle on nine different occasions.

Hornback is accused of doing the same thing 54 times.

They're both also facing theft charges for taking money from city accounts.

WDRB's Courtney Godfrey went to Cruse's home looking for a comment Monday night, but no one answered.

City council members declined comment, telling WDRB they've been left in the dark when it comes to the investigation and charges. They say they will start tackling how to handle the allegations internally at their next council meeting on January 13.

"It's my understanding that a conviction would require him to step down," said Geoghegan, citing Kentucky law. 

Cruse also faces charges for falsely completing an election finance statement, and accepting a cash donation for his recent campaign for Larue County Sheriff that exceeded $50.

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