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Perry County Woman Pleads Guilty to Union Embezzlement

LONDON, Ky. – A Bulan, Ky., woman, Linda Shepherd, 54, pleaded guilty on Monday, June 28, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram, to embezzling assets from a labor union.    According to Shepherd’s guilty plea agreement, from April 2011 to March 2018, she was employed as the financial secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 14637, […]

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Atlanta Area Man Convicted of Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking

Defendant was the last of twelve convicted in large Methamphetamine Conspiracy LONDON, Ky. – An Ellenwood, Georgia man was convicted late Thursday, by a federal jury sitting in London, of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.            Following a four-day trial before United States District Judge Robert E. Wier, […]

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Knox County Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking

LONDON, Ky. — A Corbin, Ky., man, John Helton, was sentenced to 264 months or 22 years in federal prison on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom, after previously being convicted of armed methamphetamine trafficking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The evidence at trial established that, on June 9, 2019, […]

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Somerset Man Sentenced to 206 Months for Methamphetamine Trafficking

LONDON, Ky. – A Somerset, Ky., man, Jimmy Siegfried Grider, 56, was sentenced to 206 months in federal prison on Tuesday, before U.S. District Court Judge Claria Horn Boom, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.            According to his plea agreement, between January 2015 and September 2018, Grider admitted to conspiring […]

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Bourbon County Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Paris, Ky., man, Johnathan Scott Mason, 27, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, to the production of child pornography.              According to his plea agreement, in March 2020, law enforcement officers became aware of Mason’s activity on the social media application, Kik.  On this app, Mason expressed a […]

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South Carolina Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Production and Receipt of Child Pornography

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A South Carolina man, Jonathan Edward Manigault, 36, was sentenced on Monday to 480 months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for one count of production of child pornography and one count of knowingly receiving child pornography. Manigault admitted that he directed Christina B. Mitchell, of Pike County, to take photographs […]

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Former Big Sandy Prison Employee and Inmate Indicted for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Other Charges

LEXINGTON, Ky.- A former Cook Supervisor at United States Penitentiary Big Sandy, Hank Williams, 56, of Weeksbury, Kentucky, was indicted on Thursday in federal court for one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of money laundering, two counts of attempting to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or […]

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Ashland Couple Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

ASHLAND, Ky. – A couple from Ashland, Ky., Franklin Certain, 38, and Rikki Wurts, 24, were sentenced in federal court on Friday, to 120 months and 70 months in prison respectively, before U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. According to Certain and Wurts’ plea agreements, on […]

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U.S. Attorney Duncan Promotes 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

LEXINGTON, KY – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. wants to ensure that everyone knows how to rid their homes of unused and unwanted medications. The DEA is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 at locations across the country. The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and […]

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Frankfort Woman Sentenced to 60 Months for Money Laundering and Filing False Tax Return

Defendant was laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars she had stolen, from the Franklin County Board of Education FRANKFORT, KY– A Frankfort woman, Lesley Wade, age, was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 60 months in prison, by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, for money laundering and filing a materially false tax return.            Wade […]