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Two state workers here allegedly used computers to steal Medicaid benefits

Arraignment was scheduled this week for two employees of the state public assistance office in Whitesburg accused of illegally receiving Medicaid benefits.

The two were named in two indictments each by the Letcher Grand Jury.

Melissa Franklin, 51, of 580 Ky. Hwy. 803, Millstone, is charged in one indictment with making false statements to receive benefits of $3,296.75 from the Kentucky Medicaid Program; failure to report change of eligibility to the Kentucky Medicaid Program; fraudulent use of medical identification card for benefits; being a welfare worker misappropriating benefits of $100 or more while she worked at the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services office; fraudulent scheme or plan to obtain public assistance benefits under $10,000; first-degree unlawful access to a computer; misuse of computer information; and abuse of public trust.

In the other indictment, Franklin is charged with acting with Charles Young to provide false statements to determine Young’s eligibility to receive public assistance benefits, resulting in Young and/or his dependents receiving $43,017.79 in medical benefits from the Kentucky Medicaid Program; complicity with Young in failure to report change of eligibility to the Kentucky Medicaid Program; complicity with Young to fraudulent use of medical identification card for benefits; complicity with Young to being a welfare worker misappropriating benefits of $100 or more while Franklin worked at the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services office; complicity with Young in fraudulent scheme or plan to obtain public assistance benefits under $10,000; complicity with Young in first-degree unlawful access to a computer; complicity with Young in misuse of computer information; and aiding or conspiring with Young in abuse of public trust.

Young, 38, of 874 Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, is also named in two indictments. In one indictment he is charged with making false statements to receive benefits of $43,017.79 from the Kentucky Medicaid Program; failure to report change of eligibility to the Kentucky Medicaid Program; fraudulent use of medical identification card for benefits; being a welfare worker misappropriating benefits of $100 or more while Young worked at the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services office; fraudulent scheme or plan to obtain public assistance benefits of $10,000 or more; first-degree unlawful access to a computer; misuse of computer information when he aided Melissa Franklin in receiving benefits under the Kentucky Medicaid Program; and abuse of public trust.

In the other indictment, Young is charged with acting with Melissa Franklin to provide false statements to determine Franklin’s eligibility to receive public assistance benefits, resulting in Franklin and/or her household receiving $3,296.75 in medical benefits from the Kentucky Medicaid Program; complicity with Franklin in failure to report change of eligibility to the Kentucky Medicaid Program; complicity with Franklin to fraudulent use of medical identification card for benefits; complicity with Franklin to being a welfare worker misappropriating benefits of $100 or more while Young worked at the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services office; complicity with Franklin in fraudulent scheme or plan to obtain public assistance benefits under $10,000; complicity with Franklin in first-degree unlawful access to a computer; complicity with Franklin in misuse of computer information; and aiding or conspiring with Franklin in abuse of public trust.

Floetta Brown of the Office of the Inspector General testified in the cases.

Franklin was arrested and released on a $5,000 cash bond and was not booked into jail. Young also was arrested and released on a $20,000 cash bond. His attorney has asked that his bond be reduced to $10,000 cash or $20,000 property. Both were scheduled to be arraigned today (Wednesday) in Letcher Circuit Court.

Others indicted this week are:

• Chad J. Bentley, 39, of 79 Coal Avenue, Neon, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more, second-degree criminal mischief, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bentley is accused of throwing a bloody rag containing a plastic Ziploc baggie of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe to the ground beneath the front of the Jenkins Police cruiser of Patrolman Tim Miller. He is also charged with having in his possession a dirt bike stolen from Tyler Collins, which Bentley had damaged.

Jenkins Patrolman Timothy Miller testified in the case.

• Joseph C. Profitt, 43, of 3904 Thornton Road, Whitesburg, who is charged in four indictments.

Profitt is accused with second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offence), tampering with physical evidence (second offense), public intoxication (excludes alcohol), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree criminal possession of controlled substance.

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff James Norris testified in the case.

In each of the other three indictments, Profitt is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in a pending felony proceeding.

• Tabitha M. Clevinger, 34, of 137 Fall Drive, Thornton, who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone, second offense), and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Clevinger is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with having committed a felony.

• Pamela Sue Mays, 41, also known as Pamela Sue Mayes, of 137 Fall Drive, Thornton, who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone), and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Green Russell Davis, 59, of 125 Slide Drive, Isom, who is accused of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense with firearm enhancement), use/possession of drug paraphernalia with firearm enhancement, carrying a concealed weapon (handgun), and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Valorie Hunt, 38, also known as Valorie Shantell Sabo, of 116 Saad Avenue, Pikeville, who is charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), and tampering with physical evidence.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Jason Michael Lucas, 40, of 283 Pistol City Road, Whitesburg, who is charged with receiving stolen property valued at $10,000 or more and first-degree criminal mischief.

Lucas is accused of having in his possession a 2018 Razor S-900 side-by-side four-wheeler recently stolen from Rebecca Whitaker and valued at $10,000 or more. Lucas is also charged with damaging the ignition, starter, key, bumper and other parts Whitaker’s fourwheeler.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Charles M. Osborne, 24, also known as Charles M. Osbourne, of 7924 Ky. Hwy. 1195, Eolia, who is accused of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Michael Wayne Slone, 43, of Moonshine Drive, Whitesburg, and 714 Hales Branch, Redfox, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), use/possession of drug paraphernalia with firearm enhancement, three counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Policeman Bruce Kelly testified in the case.

• Richard L. Sandlin, 72, of 220 Skipper Drive, Whitesburg, who is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Letcher County Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Samantha K. Stanley, 36, of 9209 Mountain Laurel St., Wise, Va., who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), possession of a controlled substance, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Chief Josh Richardson testified in the case.

• Shawna Brooke Tackett, 18, also known as Brooke Tackett, of 5090 Ky. Hwy. 932, Eolia, and 172 Whitetail Road, Roxana, who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second- degree possession of a controlled substance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, no/ expired registration plates, no/expired registration receipt, and failure to produce insurance card.

Letcher County Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Judith Kay Taylor, 57, also known as Judy Kay Taylor, of 617 Blair Branch, Jeremiah, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Joseph Kyle McLemore, 35, of 1111 U.S. 60 West, Morehead, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in a pending felony proceeding and with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Billy Jason Franks, 41, of 124 Cookville Road, Whitesburg, who is charged in one indictment with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

In a second indictment, Franks is charged with first degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

• Kevin Wayne Quillen, 43, of 858 Hwy. 317, Deane, who is charged in one indictment with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

Quillen is charged in a second indictment with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

• John David Sturgill, 40, of Hwy. 931 N., P.O. Box 1251, Whitesburg, who charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

• Amanda Danyel Seals, 39, of 414 Saluted Creek, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

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