Private Detective: Cave City, KY Physician Charged with Illegally Dispensing Controlled Substances

United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. this week, charged Christopher Steward, M.D., of Cave City, Kentucky, by grand jury indictment, with criminal counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice, health care fraud, and identity theft, while he was a practicing physician in the Western District of Kentucky.

The eight-count indictment charging Steward alleges the criminal activity occurred between June of 2013, and July of 2015, in Barren County, Kentucky. Steward is charged with one-count of acquiring possession of controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge; three-counts of distributing and dispensing controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice; two-counts of conspiracy to acquire possession of controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge; one-count of health care fraud; and one-count of illegally possessing and using a means of identification of another person (identity theft).

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Steward was arrested yesterday, April 13, 2016, made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl, in Bowling Green, and released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties Ford faces are no more than 67 years’ imprisonment, $3,500,000 in fines, and supervised release for a period of three years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser, and it results from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Kentucky State Police.

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Private Detective: Former Secretary of KY’s Personnel Cabinet Pleads Guilty to Accepting Kickbacks

Timothy M. Longmeyer, the former Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, admitted in federal court today that he solicited and accepted over $200,000 in kickbacks from a private consultant during his tenure.

Longmeyer, 48, pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.

Longmeyer admitted that, while serving as Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet, he solicited and agreed to accept $212,500, in exchange for assistance in securing multi-million dollar contracts for a consultant. Over the course of the scheme, Longmeyer received $197,500 in cash and $6,000 in straw campaign contributions to various political campaigns, for a total of $203,500.

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Longmeyer oversaw the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (“KEHP”) and used his position to persuade insurance companies, who provided KEHP healthcare coverage, to hire the consultant to organize focus groups and telephone surveys. In return, Longmeyer accepted recurring payments from the consultant, including cash and straw contributions.

According to the plea agreement, Longmeyer agreed to accept $90,000 from the consultant in November 2014 and $100,000 from the consultant in December 2014. The consultant later used the proceeds from contracts with Humana, Inc., to make a series of payments to Longmeyer between November 2014 and June 2015, totaling $175,000 in cash and $6,000.00 in straw contributions.

In addition, in September 2015, Longmeyer agreed to accept approximately $22,500 from the consultant. The consultant used the proceeds from a contract with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to make two cash payments to Longmeyer, totaling $22,500.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Howard Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly announced the guilty plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew T. Boone and Kathryn M. Anderson are prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government.

Longmeyer is scheduled to be sentenced on August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal statutes.

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Private Detective: Former President of Auto Parts Company Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy

The former president of an automotive parts company pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to serve 18 months in a U.S. prison for his role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for the sale of automotive body sealing products sold in the United States, the Justice Department announced.

Keiji Kyomoto, a former executive of an automotive body sealing products supplier based in Hiroshima, Japan, and former president of its U.S. joint venture, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to a single-count indictment charging him with bid rigging and price fixing.  As part of his plea agreement, Kyomoto also agreed to pay a $20,000 criminal fine.

“Today’s plea is yet another example of our commitment to holding senior-level executives accountable for corporate wrongdoing,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  “Whether collusion has affected automobile parts, shipping services, financial products, electronic components or even heir location services, the department has a strong and ever increasing record of prosecuting individuals in order to deter criminal antitrust practices.”

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“The FBI is committed to aggressively investigating individuals who engage in criminal conduct that corrupts the global marketplace,” said Special Agent in Charge Howard S. Marshall of the FBI’s Louisville Division.  “We will continue our work with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to uncover schemes aimed at creating an unfair competitive advantage by way of price fixing, bid rigging or other illegal means.”

On Oct. 8, 2015, a federal grand jury in Covington, Kentucky, returned an indictment against Kyomoto and two other individuals, charging them with conspiring to rig bids for and fix the prices of body sealing products sold to Honda Motor Company Ltd., Toyota Motor Corp. and certain of their subsidiaries and affiliates for installation in vehicles manufactured and sold in the United States and elsewhere.  Automotive body sealing products consist of body-side opening seals, door-side weather-stripping, glass-run channels, trunk lids and other smaller seals, which are installed into automobiles to keep the interior dry from rain and free from wind and exterior noises.

According to the indictment, Kyomoto and his co-conspirators instructed subordinates at their respective companies to communicate with co-conspirators at other companies in order to allocate sales of, rig bids for and fix the prices of automotive body sealing products; were aware that employees under their supervision were engaging in such communications; and condoned such communications.  The indictment further alleged that Kyomoto attended meetings in the United States with co-conspirators during which Kyomoto and the co-conspirators reached agreements regarding sales of automotive body sealing products to Honda and Toyota.  The indictment charged Kyomoto with participating in the conspiracy beginning at least as early as September 2003 until at least October 2011.  For most of this period, Kyomoto resided in the United States and served as president of an unnamed joint venture with offices in Indiana and Michigan, which manufactured and sold automotive body sealing products.

Today’s guilty plea is the result of an ongoing federal antitrust investigation into price fixing, bid rigging and other anti-competitive conduct in the automotive parts industry, which is being conducted by the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement sections and the FBI.  A total of 58 individuals and 39 companies have been charged and have agreed to pay more than $2.6 billion in criminal fines.  This case was brought by the Antitrust Division’s Chicago Office and the FBI’s Louisville Division, Covington Resident Agency, with the assistance of the FBI’s International Corruption Unit and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Anyone with information about anticompetitive conduct in the automotive parts industry should contact the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center at 888-647-3258 FREE, visit www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.html or call the FBI’s Louisville Division at 502-263-6000.

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Arson Investigation Crab Orchard Man Sets Fire For Nostalgic Reasons

A Crab Orchard man is in trouble after police say he decide to set a fire for an unusual reason.

According to an arrest citation, the Brodhead Fire Department was called out to extinguish a brush fire on Poss Kingdom Road.

When they arrived, they found James Kidwell and officers say he smelled like burned marijuana. They also located a pipe with marijuana inside it on his person.

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Kidwell told police he was trying to set a “pretty fire” like he used to when he was a little boy. When asked to elaborate further, he told police that the fire hadn’t hurt anyone and had not gotten out of control.

Kidwell was arrested shortly after admitting to setting the fire.

He was booked into the Rockcastle County Jail, charged with willful set fire on land not owned, public intoxication, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Pedophile Tracking Rockcastle Man Accused of Sodomizing Two Children

A Rockcastle County man is accused of disturbing crimes involving children.

Geffory Combs was arrested after two small children were interviewed by a social worker.

The children, a 9-year-old female and a 7-year-old female, told police that Combs had exposed himself to them on multiple occasions. According to Combs’ arrest citation, he had asked the children to “kiss” his privates. The eldest child refused, but according to the report, the youngest child was made to perform oral sex on him.

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Police say Combs also pleasured himself in front of both girls.

Both children stated that Combs made their brother go upstairs to take a bath when this allegedly occurred.

Combs is charged with both first degree indecent exposure and first degree sodomy.

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Wrongful Death Man Convicted in 1986 Murder Denied Parole

The man convicted in a murder in the 1980s was denied parole Wednesday.

Eric Hayden was one of two men convicted of the 1986 robbery and murder of 36-year-old Clay Nelson. Hayden and Clarence Jones robbed the Columbia Steakhouse on Alexandria Drive. They stabbed Nelson 51 times before setting the restaurant on fire.

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Hayden appeared before a parole board Wednesday morning to ask for his freedom. The request was denied.

Hayden is not eligible for parole again for another five years.

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Pedophile Tracking Mississippi Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Child Sex Assault

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child in Upshur County, according to District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Jamie Richard McCammon, 40, of Water Valley, Mississippi, admitted to molesting a child dating back to 2004.

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Byrd said the victim told a minister at a church camp about the abuse.

McCammon must serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole and must register as a sex offender.

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Private Detective: Two Men Shot on Warnock Street

Police were called to Warnock Street Tuesday in regards to a report of a double shooting.

They say one man was shot in the leg and the other man in his groin.

The suspect is known to the victims, and they were involved in some criminal activity inside a home at the time of the shooting, according to police.

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The shooting happened in the home of a relative of one of the victims.

Both victims ran outside and were found in the street after being shot. The suspect ran off.

Police describe the suspect as a black man with a grey hoodie and jeans.

Both victims were taken to UK Hospital.

Witnesses are cooperating with police.

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Private Detective: Police Looking For Local Restaurant Burglar

Police are looking for a man they say has burglarized a popular local restaurant several times.

The first burglary at Nick Ryan’s on Jefferson Street took place in early March, when police say a man broke into one of the restaurant’s large coolers out back.

“This guy comes in and cuts the lock and goes inside and helps himself to a lot of the food products, all worth quite a bit of money,” Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department told LEX 18’s Angie Beavin.

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A week later they say the man came back and broke through the lock with bolt cutters, taking New York Strip Steaks and a case of ribs.

A few days after that, the burglar was back and stole half a dozen cases of beer.

After the first few burglaries, restaurant management even put an alarm system on the locks, but that didn’t stop the man from coming back and attempting to take the patio furniture.

Police think he is approaching the back of the restaurant from a nearby alley, Ballard Street. They think a white pickup truck is involved.

“Unfortunately, you know, this is a very upstanding business in our community. These people here work hard,” said Thomas. “And we want to do everything we can to help them stop sustaining these losses.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest, just call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020.

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Missing Person Michaelia Roberts Camm of Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Missing Person Unit is conducting an investigation into the disappearance of Michaelia Roberts Camm.

Camm’s mother reported her missing at 9:32 a.m. Sunday, April 17 along the 9000 block of Woodland Park Lane in the Freedom Division.

Police said Camm has not made contact with family members since then and there is a concern about her safety. She is described as a white female, 5’5″ tall, 170 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a black colored tank top and pink/blue style pajamas.

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Anyone who sees or has information about Michaelia Camm is asked to call 911 immediately. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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