A Lexington man was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury this week on four counts of tampering with public records. William Bush Jr., 51, is accused of removing 149 marriage licenses from the Fayette County clerk's office.
Last year, police said they retrieved hundreds of marriage certificates from the homes of Bush's daughter and mother in Lexington. County clerks in Central Kentucky began missing the certificates in mid-August.
Bush was first arrested in September in Jessamine County. He told police that he was a contract worker for Pro Data Research of Burlington, N.C., and that he gathered information from public documents for the company, which sells mortgage insurance. One police officer speculated at the time that perhaps Bush didn't want to pay copying fees charged by the clerks' offices.
Tampering with public records is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Bush is to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court on May 7.