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2018 state representative candidate accused of stealing from Pampered Pup Salon

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By Amanda Manning

A woman who unsuccessfully ran against Kentucky Speaker of the House David Osborne in the 2018 election has been accused of stealing clients, money and supplies from Pampered Pup Salon in La Grange.

The La Grange Police Department cited Samantha Gerges, who ran for state representative of District 59 as an Independent, and her wife Ashley Gilbert, both 28-years-old, on May 21.

The pair is charged with first-degree unlawful access to a computer, theft by unlawful taking or disposition $500 or more but less than $10,000, and theft by deception, under $10,000.

La Grange Police Officer Mark Hoskins said he believes the theft began happening in September, during the 2018 election.

After allegedly stealing from Pampered Pup, which is located at 109 East Washington Street, the pair opened their own company called Custom Paws Grooming Salon LLC less than a half mile away at 309 East Jefferson Street.

Gilbert is listed as the owner of the shop, according to the secretary of state’s website.

“We believe that both Ashley and Samantha accessed the computer record system to steal client lists,” Hoskins said.

Hoskins said the La Grange Police Department spent three months investigating the case after the owner of Pampered Pup Salon reported it to them.

Hoskins said the pair also “shorted” the owners of Pampered Pup Salon, by not keeping record of cash transactions when they would ring customers up.

“There was no record of the transactions made there,” he said.

The pair is also accused of stealing dog-grooming supplies from the salon.

Gerges ran in the general election against Republican Osborne and Democrat Diane Seaman. District 59 covers Oldham County.

Osborne won the election with 60 percent of the vote, while Gerges received 2 percent.

Gerges announced on her campaign Facebook page in December that she would be running for election again in 2020.

She pled guilty to stealing money from Dominos in Crestwood in 2015, according to online court records. She was accused of taking $3,500. Management told police she has a history of stealing deposits from the store, according to the arrest citation.