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Indictment issued over illegal access to computer

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – A woman who was previously convicted of improper handling of tax returns is now in trouble with the law once again.

The Bullitt County Grand Jury panel indicted Penny E. McLaughlin, 50, of Mount Washington on one felony and three misdemeanor counts.

The grand jury alleged that on May 2, 2012, McLaughlin committed the offense of unlawful access to a computer.

This is a Class C felony which is punishable by 5-10 years in prison and a fine of from $1,000-$10,000.

On that date, she is also accused of theft of receipt of stolen credit or debit card, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card.

She allegedly took control of an American Express card belonging to another individual and attempted to make purchases.

These are all misdemeanors punishable by up to 12 months in the county jail.

The case was investigated by Hillview officer Brian Denton and prosecuted by the Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

Back in the late 2000s, McLaughlin entered a plea on charges revolving around her preparation of tax returns. As part of the agreement, she would no longer prepare tax returns as part of her business.

In other indictments:

 

*Phillip C. McGee – charged with possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and distribution of that material.

Both are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

According to the indictment, McGee had on Jan. 25, 2013, material showing a minor in a sexual performance. And he intended to distribute that material.

Det. Jack Morgan of the Kentucky State Police investigated.

*William J. Stocking – charged with criminal abuse.

The indictment alleges that on July 29, 2012, Stocking abused a 4-year-old child.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

Det. Danny Cook of the Hillview Police Department investigated.

*Misty N. Thompson – charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felon.

According to the indictment, Thompson allegedly had a forged U.S. Postal Service money order in August 2012.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

However, due to a past conviction in Bullitt Circuit Court, her sentence could be enhanced.

Det. Mark Riley of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

*Johnathan Ernspiker – charged with fleeing or evading police and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 6, 2012, Ernspiker evaded police and put another individual in danger.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Due to a previous felony conviction, any sentence could be enhanced.

Hillview police officer Elliott Clark investigated.

*Dennis A. McKinney – charged with driving under the influence for a fourth offense.

The indictment alleges that on Jan. 31, 2013, McKinney was under the influence while operating a motor vehicle.

The allegation is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Dennis Scott Creason of the Hillview Police Department investigated.

*Maria D. Weber and Roger Delk – charged with complicity to criminal mischief.

The indictment alleges that on Jan. 23, 2013, the two individuals destroyed property owned by another individual, causing more than $1,000 in damage.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

*Donna Smith – three counts of forgery and another case in which she was charged with 17 counts of forgery.

The indictment alleges that she altered or changed court paperwork between Oct. 24, 2011, and April 2012.

The second indictment dealt with altering checks drawn on a man’s account. The checks accounted to over $3,000.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Mount Washington officer Rodney Hockenbury investigated both cases.

*Willis Garland Jr. – charged with flagrant non-support.

Garland allegedly fell more than $1,000 behind in his child support payments.

This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal case.