Pedophile Tracking Laurel County Man Arrested for Child Porn

A Laurel County man has been arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Paul A. Geiger, 50, was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

The KSP Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. A search warrant was executed at Geiger’s residence.

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The investigation is ongoing.

Geiger is currently charged with three counts of possession and five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Identity Theft Brooklyn, NY Man Pleads Guilty

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to one Count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and one Count of Identity Theft, both felonies, in Albany County Court.  Saihing Chan, 21, faces up to 4-12 years in state prison when sentenced on March 3.

On August 5, 2013 Bethlehem Police, United States Secret Service, United States Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police, and other local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant pursuant to an identity theft investigation at the Golden Town Buffet on Route 9W in the Town of Bethlehem.

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During the execution of the warrant, the authorities arrested Heng Li, then 27, of Brooklyn, for using a credit card skimmer device to obtain personal identification information of 39 credit card numbers by fraudulent pretenses.  LI also was in possession of a forged Michigan driver’s license and under an active deportation order at the time of the search warrant execution, as were three other employees that were present at the restaurant at that time.

The investigation led the authorities to other individuals involved in this identity theft scheme, including Chan, who with others, used stolen credit card numbers and identities to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise.

On December 11, 2013, Li was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in State Prison after pleading guilty to (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and (1) Count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, before the Honorable Stephen Herrick in Albany County Court.

Another employee of the buffet, Pheng Sathongoth, then 42, of Manhattan, New was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in State Prison and ordered to pay $4,549.64 in restitution.

A final case against co-defendant Bao Liu remains open and pending at this time.

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Wrongful Death Clay Co. Woman Charged With Criminal Abuse Related to Husband’s Death

A Clay County woman has been charged with criminal abuse which police say is related to the death of her husband.

Clay County 911 received a call for an ambulance at Amy Burkhart’s residence. Burkhart’s husband Charles Jr. was under her care after being paralyzed in a 2007 car accident. According to the citation, when paramedics arrived they found Burkhart Jr. in bed extremely malnourished and dehydrated. He was also covered in bed sores.

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Charles Burkhart Jr. died at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Amy Burkhart was arrested and charged with first degree criminal abuse. The investigating trooper tells LEX 18 that it may be upgraded to murder when they consult with the Commonwealth Attorney.

An autopsy is set to be performed on Burkhart Jr. on Friday morning.

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Private Detective: Camera Found in Corbin High School Bathroom

Corbin police continue working to find the person who put a camera in a high school bathroom.

Somebody noticed an object looking out of place in a bathroom used by both male and female faculty at Corbin High School. Police say it looked like a smoke detector, but a camera that saves pictures on a memory card rested inside.

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Corbin Schools Superintendent Ed McNeel says security checked all of the schools for similar devices and didn’t find anything. He say he hopes the high school’s own security system will turn up a lead.

“We have our own cameras in the hallway that show who was in the hallway and who went into the restroom, and that’s all been turned over to law enforcement. And we sure hope they find enough evidence to find the person who did this,” he said.

Corbin police sent the camera to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for forensic analysis.

They say if caught, the person who planted the camera could face voyeurism charges.

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Fraud Investigation Fake Survey Offering Gift Cards From Walmart

Is getting a gift card for $100 from Walmart or Target worth giving up your bank account number or other information that could make you a victim of identity theft? That’s what could happen if you fall for a fake survey offer that’s showing up in your inbox and Facebook streams.

In the tempting offer from Walmart, it says visit here and fill out our survey and get $100 gift card. At first the survey questions are standard but here’s where the red flag comes into play. They start asking for personal information

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like your credit card number and address. Or they offer $100 off suspect products like credit monitoring … which later start showing up as charges on your credit card.

A similar offer from Target is making the rounds. Kevin Hinterberger with the Greensboro BBB says it could infect your computer with a virus.

“Whether it’s a virus that goes into get additional information as far as email addresses and so forth or it could be something that’s a little more dangerous in that you’re downloading a virus and it’s looking for banking information that’s on your computer,” says Kevin.

These fake emails don’t have the tell-tale signs line misspellings or awkward language but Kevin posed a really interesting question you should ask when you see this or anything that seems too good to be true: that goes into get additional information as far as email addresses and so forth or it could be something that’s a little more dangerous in that you’re downloading a virus and it’s looking for banking information that’s on your computer,” says Kevin.

“If I’m running a business would I pay someone hundred dollars to complete a survey and is that a sustainable business model?,” says Kevin.

Here’s a few other ways you spot customer survey scheme:

- Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal a logo off a website.

- Hover over the link and see where it takes you – is it a site for the real business?

- Do a quick web search to see if there’s an alert.

And Kevin had one more piece of advice 2 Wants to Know loved about emails: “If it’s unsolicited, delete it.”

Walmart does offer a legitimate survey. It gives five winners a $1000 gift card every three months, but it’s only advertised on its receipts.

 

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Private Detective: Woman Assaulted on EKU Campus

Police have released details of a sexual assault on EKU’s campus.

A woman says she was assaulted inside the Alumni Coliseum Wednesday afternoon. The victim describes her assailant as white, possibly in his 20s, with short brown hair and facial hair.

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Police are still looking for the suspect.

If you have any information on this case, please contact EKU police at (859)-622-1111.

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Private Detective: Danville Woman Charged with Robbery and Wanton Endangerment

Cathy Ayala has been charged with robbery and wanton endangerment. Officials say that the woman stole from a local Kroger store and proceeded to run over and drag an employee with her car.

Authorities say Ayala was trying to escape from police when she hit the victim. The victim was then flung to the pavement. There are no reported injuries.

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Police arrived to the scene shortly after. A witness wrote down the suspect’s license plate number. Police then arrested Ayala is charged with robbery and wanton endangerment.

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Identity Theft Leader of ID Theft and Tax Fraud Ring Found Guilty

Tarrish Tellis, who federal prosecutors contended was the mastermind of a stolen-identity tax refund fraud scheme that defrauded the government of more than $700,000, has been found guilty on three federal charges.

A jury found the 38-year-old Montgomery resident guilty of conspiracy to commit theft of public money, theft of public money and aggravated identity theft, after a three-day trial in Montgomery, according to the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama and the Internal Revenue Service.

Tellis’ co-conspirator, Nakia Jackson, obtained approximately 700 names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers from an employee of the Alabama Medicaid State Agency, according to evidence presented at his trial.

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Jackson provided some of the names to Tellis, who in turn used them to file false tax returns. In exchange, Tellis taught Jackson how to file false tax returns, according to federal prosecutors.

To hide his involvement in the scheme, Tellis orchestrated a complicated method of concealing the origin of the funds, recruiting friends and relatives, including Bobby Joe Means, Delancey Tolliver, Glen Powell Jr. and Tracey Montgomery, to open up bank accounts to receive the fraudulent tax refunds, according to court testimony.

When a tax refund was deposited into their bank accounts, Tellis directed them to withdraw the money and provide it to him. He directed more than $300,000 to those accounts. Tellis took additional steps by recruiting a bank teller, Laquanta Clayton, who used her position to open up bank accounts in the name of fictitious individuals and in the name of her daughter’s father.

Tellis directed around $200,000 into the accounts that Clayton controlled. Clayton then withdrew the majority of the money to give to Tellis. Tellis also took steps to conceal his involvement in the filing of false tax returns, including filing numerous tax returns by accessing a residential wireless router that was not password protected to make it appear that the owner of the residence had filed them.

At his April 15 sentencing, Tellis faces a statutory minimum sentence of two years in prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 125 years in prison, plus fines and forfeiture.

On April 25, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Clayton was sentenced on Feb. 19, 2014, to serve one year and nine months in prison. Tolliver was sentenced to serve one year and three months in prison, Powell Jr. and Means were each sentenced to serve a year and a day in prison and Montgomery was sentenced to serve six months in prison.

The case was investigated by special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Gregory P. Bailey, Charles M. Edgar Jr. and Michael C. Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown for the Middle District of Alabama, prosecuted the case

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Missing Person Stolen Truck in Connection With Grayson County Teens Found in GA

The stolen truck that two missing Grayson County teens were last seen in has been found in Georgia.

Investigators believe that Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and Dalton Hayes, 18, are believed to have stolen that truck, another vehicle and a checkbook.

The two were last spotted Monday at a Walmart in South Carolina in a stolen 2006 Toyota Tacoma. That truck was found in Henry County, Georgia about 30 miles from Atlanta. Another vehicle in the area, a 2001 Toyota Tundra, has since been reported missing.

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A gun that was in the Tacoma when it was stolen was found in the back seat.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has put out an alert to authorities in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

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Missing Person Grayson Co. Teens Spotted in South Carolina

Officials say a 13-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend missing from Grayson County were spotted in South Carolina.

Cheyenne Phillips, was reported missing on Jan. 3. Officials say she is with Dalton Hayes. Witnesses reportedly spotted the pair at a Walmart about 90 minutes north of Charleston.

Officials say the teens were in a stolen 2006 Toyota Tacoma with Kentucky farm license plate 005-OCD. The truck had an unloaded long gun inside when the teens took it.

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“We’re hoping the two of them have enough sense not to do something with that gun, and hoping it never comes to that,” Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said.

Police say Phillips was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black sweat pants and cowboy boots. Hayes was last seen wearing jeans, a UK T-shirt and black tennis shoes.

Hayes’ mother, Tammy Martin, said the teenagers recently started dating. Martin said she didn’t know Phillips was only 13 years old, and said Hayes didn’t know until recently either. She tearfully pleaded for them to come home.

“I don’t know why they’re doing it,” Martin said. “I just wish they would turn themselves in.”

She said she last heard from her son via text message on Jan. 6

“It says, ‘Mommy, don’t worry. I’m fine, okay — plenty of money and food. Love you, good night, sweet dreams,’” Martin said.

She said recent phone calls went straight to voice mail, which is full.

Deputies say the behavior of the teens continues to become increasingly “brazen and dangerous,” and the teenagers’ situation will get worse the longer they remain on the run — especially if law enforcement officials who don’t know them personally start chasing them.

“Whatever it is, it can be worked through,” Chaffins said. “That’s what we want to tell these young people — we want them to come home.”

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