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Media Release: Louisville Attorney Indicted for Defrauding Personal Injury Clients

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: May 30, 2019

Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Louisville attorney Andrew Clooney arising out of a scheme which took place between July 2015 and August 2018 wherein Clooney is alleged to have settled personal injury cases without the knowledge or authorization of his clients and then stole all or part of the settlement proceeds.  Clooney, Christel Clooney, his wife, and Marlene B. Estrada, a Clooney employee, were all indicted on seven counts of Theft By Failure To Make Required Disposition of Property Over $10,000, nine counts of Theft By Failure To Make Required Disposition of Property Over $500 But Less Than $10,000 and nineteen counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree.  The forgery charges result from the defendants having allegedly forged clients’ signatures to settlement agreements and Estrada fraudulently notarizing those signatures. The defendants face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison.

The case has been assigned to Division Twelve of Jefferson Circuit Court and the three defendants are expected to be formally arraigned there on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.   Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Meisel is the prosecutor.

Attention:  Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:              (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:      (502) 262-5809
E-mail:             jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

5/20 Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: May 20 – 24, 2019

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Isaiah Marquette Nelson – 19CR1390 (Murder)

  • Mr. Nelson (DOB 05/11/99) has been indicted for the murder of Justice Smith, which occurred on May 3, 2019.  Arraignment will occur on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Anthony Wayne Trice – 19CR1384 (Murder, Criminal Abuse in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Trice (DOB 06/25/92) is charged with the abuse and Murder of his one month old son on May 5, 2019. The defendant was arraigned on Friday, May 17, 2019 and a first Pretrial Conference is scheduled for July 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor. 

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Tamara L. Eubanks – 18CR1912 (Murder)

  • Ms. Eubanks (DOB 01/07/83) is charged with the June 24th, 2018 Murder of her former boyfriend, Jaqua Simmons, in her home. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Troy Antwan Hurt, Jr. – 17CR0648 (Murder)

  • Mr. Hurt (DOB 10/06/00) pleaded guilty in February to the November 9, 2016, murder of his romantic partner Trayona McDowell (DOB 10/17/98) whom he believed was pregnant with his child.  Prior to being sentenced, Mr. Hurt moved to set aside his plea.  A hearing on this issue is scheduled for May 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

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Media Release: LMPD Officers Indicted in Work Fraud Scheme

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: May 13, 2019

LOUISVILLE, KY — Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against six active-duty Louisville Metro Police officers regarding a scheme wherein the officers are alleged to have worked and been paid for private security jobs, arranged by a company created by Miller, during their regular patrol shifts.  Officers Michael Abernathy, Jr., Dontae Booker, Cortez Ernest, Jackie Miller, Ashley M. Spratt and Roniqua L. Yocum were indicted on one count of Theft by Deception Over $500 But Less Than $10,000.  In addition, Officers Booker, Ernest, Miller, Spratt and Yocum were indicted on Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime and Officer Abernathy was indicted on Criminal Facilitation to Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime.  Officer Miller was also indicted on one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

The case has been assigned to Division Two of Jefferson Circuit Court and the officers will be arraigned there on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.   Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

Attention:  Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:              (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
E-mail:             jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

4/22 Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: April 22 – 26, 2019

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Cedell Harraway – 19CR1136 (Murder, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Criminal Solicitation to Tampering With Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Harraway (DOB 05/20/98) is charged in connection with the April 9, 2019, shooting death of Mr. Gary Sallee, Jr. on West Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Harraway is scheduled to be formally arraigned on April 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.

GUILTY PLEAS

Christopher Dresing – 18CR0883 (Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor [50 Counts])

  • Mr. Dresing (DOB 04/02/84) is a former University of Louisville employee charged with distributing child pornography. Mr. Dresing, formerly employed in the Ekstrom Library on the University of Louisville campus, is believed to have distributed hundreds of images containing child pornography throughout the country. Mr. Dresing is expected to enter a guilty plea on April 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Charles Lamar Richardson – 15CR1542 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Richardson (DOB 05/02/83) is charged with the Murder and Robbery of 74-year-old Paul Cason inside the Shell Station at 1123 South Floyd Street on May 31, 2015.  A jury trial is expected to begin Monday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Antonio Brown – 17CR1833 (Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Brown (DOB 10/07/89) is charged with an April 16, 2017 Assault and Robbery that took place inside a taxi cab. Mr. Brown, while a passenger in a taxi, removed a cellular phone from the front seat. When the owner attempted to recover the cellular phone, the defendant removed a small knife from his purse and slashed the victim multiple times about the left arm causing him to suffer multiple bleeding lacerations which required medical treatment and a total of approximately twenty-eight (28) stitches, and likely caused permanent nerve damage. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on April 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and Leslie Bates are the prosecutors.

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4/8 Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: March 25 – 29, 2019

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Quinton Elliott, Herald Hume, Krystopher Rayborn, Kalea Stanford – 18CR3819 (Robbery in the First Degree [4 Counts])

  • Mr. Elliott (DOB 10/27/92), Hume (DOB 01/12/90), Mr. Rayborn (DOB 03/16/88), and Ms. Stanford (DOB 08/14/97) are charged in connection to a series of armed robberies that occurred between September 26 and December 13, 2018. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.

Indrias Joseph – 19CR0685 (State Lottery Fraud, Providing False Information to State Lottery Investigator)

  • Mr. Joseph (08/28/54) is charged in connection with the findings of a retailer integrity investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation at the River Road Shell at 3002 River Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor. 

Jinalben Savadara & Divyang Vyas -19CR0686 (State Lottery Fraud, Providing False Information to State Lottery Investigator)

  • Ms. Savadara (08/15/84) and Mr. Vyas (08/18/68) are charged in connection with the findings of a retailer integrity investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation at the Five Points Food Mart at 4548 Taylorsville Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 11, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

Roger D. Burdette – 19CR0516 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment [4 Counts], Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants)

  • Mr. Burdette (DOB 06/22/58) is charged with the Christmas Eve Murder of LMPD Detective Deidre Mengedoht while operating an MSD truck while under the influence of intoxicants. Amid the crash, Mr. Burdette also endangered the lives of four other individuals. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Tamara L. Eubanks – 18CR1912 (Murder)

  • Ms. Eubanks (DOB 01/07/83) is charged with the June 24th, 2018 Murder of her former boyfriend, Jaqua Simmons, in her home. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

Robin Ray Bishop – 18CR3710 (Theft by Deception over $500, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree [9 Counts], Falsifying Business Records)

  • Mr. Bishop (12/01/74) is charged in connection with theft from Carpenter’s Local #2501 occurring while he was the union’s financial secretary. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

GUILTY PLEAS

Nicholas Johnston – 17CR3579 (Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Johnston (DOB 07/21/94) is charged with the November 11, 2017, robbery of the Circle K located at 8801 Old Third Street Road.  Mr. Johnston stole business cash from the store clerk at knife-point.  A jury trial is scheduled for April 9, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  At that time, the Defendant has agreed to enter a guilty plea to Robbery in the First Degree in exchange for a dismissal of Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree and a recommended sentence of 10 years to serve at 85% parole eligibility.  Corey Taylor is the prosecutor. 

HEARINGS

Timothy Shane Singer & Amanda Nicole Needy – 17CR0581 & 18CR3594 (Murder [Complicty], Tampering with Physical Evidence [Singer])

  • Mr. Singer (03/01/94) and Ms. Needy (06/04/90) are charged in connection with the February 17, 2017, stabbing death of Nicholas Morris. A hearing on Defendant Needy’s motions is scheduled for April 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

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