Former Maysville Police Officer Indicted for Theft from Federally Funded Program
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 05, 2013|
LEXINGTON—The former executive director of the Buffalo Trace/Gateway Narcotics Task Force was indicted today for stealing public funds.
According to the indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in Lexington, in the two-and-a-half-year period that 52 year-old Timothy George Fegan of Germantown, Kentucky, served as the task force’s director, he wrongfully appropriated thousands of dollars in cash that was in the care, custody, and control of the task force. The indictment alleges that Fegan took cash proceeds that task force agents seized during drug investigations and money that the task force kept on hand to perform controlled drug buys.
The Buffalo Trace/Gateway Narcotics Task Force was organized by several county and city governments and was responsible for the investigation of drug crimes in various northern and eastern Kentucky counties. The task force was funded by federal and state grants and funds contributed by the county and city governments that formed it. The task force’s base of operations was in Maysville, Kentucky, and Fegan served there as the task force’s executive director from April 2010 until November 2012.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, jointly announced the indictment.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the FBI and the Kentucky State Police. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone.
A date for Fegan to appear in court has not yet been scheduled. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for each charge. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.
Any indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.