Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 10, 2012

Welfare fraud among nine indictments

By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
Journal-Times

Oct. 10, 2012 —     A Carter County grand jury handed down indictments on nine persons on Sept. 28.  Five involve welfare fraud charges.

    Melissa Blevins, 31, of Olive Hill, was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class D felony.  She allegedly failed to disclose material fact and made false statements, thereby obtaining food stamp benefits in the amount of $2,991 and Medicaid benefits in the amount of $3,319.60.

    Melissa Knipp, 42, of Grayson , was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class D felony.  She allegedly failed to disclose material fact and made false statements, thereby obtaining food stamp benefits in the amount of $4,811.

    Jolana Lawhorn, 28, of Grayson, was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class D felony.  She allegedly failed to disclose material fact and made false statements, thereby obtaining food stamp benefits in the amount of $1,476, Medicaid benefits in the amount of $5,953 and KTAP in the amount of $1,308.

    Angela Evans, 35, of Grayson, was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class D felony.  She allegedly failed to disclose material fact and made false statements, thereby obtaining food stamp benefits in the amount of $3,104 and Medicaid benefits in the amount of $2,465.

    Heather Neighbors, 24, of Olive Hill, was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class D felony.  

    She allegedly failed to disclose material fact and made false statements, thereby obtaining food stamp benefits in the amount of $2,394 and Medicaid benefits in the amount of $2,395.

    Also indicted were:

    Shannon D. Waggoner, 33, of Olive Hill, was indicted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of first degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; one count of theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony; and one count of third degree criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.  

    Gary Everman, Jr., 31, of Grayson, was indicted on seven felony charges and one misdemeanor.  

    His indictments include one count of violating a protective order, a Class A misdemeanor; one count of theft by unlawful taking; one count of first degree fleeing or evading police; damaging a police car; first degree wanton endangerment; third degree assault; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, fourth offense; and driving with a DUI suspended license, all Class D. felonies.

    Jack D. Binion, 33, and Kosha L. Wagoner, 25, both of Olive Hill, were indicted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony.

    The indictment of a person is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

    Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by telephone at 474-5101.