Florida Man Arrested for Scamming Jefferson County Residents

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined local law enforcement at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 to announce the arrest and guilty plea of a con artist who scammed Kentuckians out of thousands of dollars. Lemere Townsend, 28 of Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty in Jefferson Circuit Court to two counts of theft by deception and was ordered to repay two victims nearly $10,000. The investigation into Townsend began after the Attorney General’s Office received complaints regarding scams that occurred in February. Townsend pretended to be an employee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and threatened to serve a local residence with a subpoena for credit card fraud. Following the threat, the resident deposited nearly $5000 into a bank account controlled by the defendant. Townsend entered into a plea agreement and agreed to serve a five-year sentence for each crime, in addition to probation and paying restitution.

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