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Courts

  • Tax preparer sentenced for false returns

      LOUISVILLE – Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation announced today that Elizabeth A. Lawless, 66, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced this week by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell to 6 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $329,465 to the IRS.

  • Louisville resident sentenced for tax fraud, stolen i.d.'s

     LOUISVILLE – Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation announced today that Erica Spencer, 37, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced this week by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell to 48 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $94,159 in restitution.

  • Former Episcopal chair, spouse, sentenced for charity embezzlement

     LOUISVILLE – Charles Muir, the former chairman of the Woodcock Foundation, and his wife, Diana Muir, former owner of DBM-Dental Direct of Louisville, were sentenced today, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, to serve prison terms for the interstate transportation of stolen property and money laundering totaling $1,141,030, from the Louisville Episcopal Church Education Foundation, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Former Catholic church bookkeeper gets 6 months for embezzlement

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The former bookkeeper at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church and School was sentenced in U.S. District Court today, by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, to six months home detention as part of a three year term of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $83,191 to the Louisville Parish announced Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Tammy Goodlett, 49, of Louisville, admitted in court to devising a scheme to defraud Saint Gabriel.

  • Hillview loses last appeal on suit

     HILLVIEW -- With it appeals exhausted, it is now time to pay the piper for Hillview city officials.

    With a jury awarding a judgment of over $11 million, the city of Hillview recently saw its final appeal rejected.

    City attorney Tammy Baker said that the state Supreme Court denied Hillview’s request for a discretionary review of a state Court of Appeals decision.

    The state court upheld the jury’s decision to award Truck America and its owners, Jim and Debbie Carter, over $11 million for its breach of contract.

  • KSP charges Louisville man with child porn possession, distribution

     LOUISVILLE - On March 26, 2015, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 4-Elizabethtown, arrested Christopher L. Miller, 32, for charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

  • Cincinnati man sentenced for sex trafficking scheme

    WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky sentenced Cincinnati resident, Christopher Hisle, 45, to serve 180 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release, the Justice Department announced today.

    Restitution will be determined at a future date. Hisle pleaded guilty on Nov. 14, 2014, to sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and to enticing individuals to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution and transporting individuals in interstate commerce for prostitution.

  • Dishon sentenced to 20 years for death of Jessica Dishon, other sexual offenses

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Stanley Lewis Dishon was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Special Circuit Judge Charles Simms III accepted the guilty plea entered by Dishon, 57.

    Among the charges was manslaughter. This involved the 1999 death of his niece Jessica Dishon.

    But the most extensive prison sentences dealt with a variety of sex offenses Dishon committed against family members dating back to 1982.

    While several of the victims sought answers from Dishon on why he committed the acts, the defendant did not answer.

  • Trial against ex-teacher delayed until July

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The trial of a former Bullitt Central teacher will not be conducted until July.

    Crystal Chappell has been indicted on six counts of rape, a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    The former teacher is accused of having sexual intercourse with a student at Bullitt Central since June 1, 2014.

    The action was brought to the attention of school officials in late August 2014 and Chappell was immediately suspended from her position as a math teacher.

  • Former U of L exec gets 63 months for fraud, embezzlement

     A former University of Louisville accountant, promoted to Executive Director of the Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (DFGM) was sentenced today, in U.S. District Court, by Senior District Judge Charles R. Simpson III, to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,810,201.53 in restitution for tax fraud and embezzling funds tied to University of Louisville medical groups, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.