A Lexington city councilwoman who faces forgery and theft charges has been indicted by a grand jury.
Sasha Love Higgins has been indicted on 5 felony charges including identity theft, forgery and 3 counts of theft by deception.
The investigation began with a report in early January of identity theft, according to police. Court documents say that Higgins, who is a manager of Hampton Inn, continued to issue fraudulent checks to a former employee months after she left. The former employee’s husband contacted Higgins to ask about the checks and she admitted that she had continued to issue the checks.
The husband of the victim recorded that phone call and sent it to Lexington Police. Further investigation revealed that the checks amounted to over $4,000. Police say Higgins asked the company to set up a MetaBank account in the former employee’s name. Through that account, documents say that Higgins funneled that money for her own personal use.
“After reviewing the case with the County Attorney’s Office, summonses were issued for Ms. Higgins for all charges,” police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing.”
Higgins posted on Facebook in a Masterson Station neighborhood page that she “looked forward to working hard to clear my name.”
Her attorney tells LEX18 that he still doesn’t know what evidence there is against Higgins, which is why they are so adamant about the not guilty plea.
Higgins, a hospitality professional and Hampton Inn general manager, upset incumbent Shevawn Akers in the November election for the council seat representing the 2nd District. That district includes Leestown and Georgetown Road areas.