A Lexington man faces felony charges after he allegedly falsified completion forms in a program for those convicted of driving while impaired, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
A state-certified alcohol and drug education instructor, Timothy Monhollen, 39, of Lexington, was indicted Wednesday by a Franklin County grand jury on three counts of tampering with public records. The tamperings allegedly happened on Sept 1, 2005; Aug. 5, 2008; and May 7, 2009, according to the indictment.
The indictment gave no details except that in each instance Monhollen "knowingly made a false entry in a public record, to wit: a DUI program completion form."
Monhollen had little to say when contacted Thursday at the Lexington office of his employer, a state-certified private company called Alcohol Related Offenders Program.
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"I knew I was under investigation, but I didn't know there was an indictment," Monhollen said. "This is the first I've heard of it. I'm kinda shocked."
Monhollen said he is represented by Brian Good, a Louisville attorney whose firm often represents medical, health care and other licensed professionals in court or before state boards. Good could not be immediately reached for comment.
A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office would not discuss a possible motivation for Monhollen's alleged actions.
"We are prohibited by ethics and by statute from discussing evidence that's going to be presented at trial," said spokeswoman Allison Martin.
The indictment listed Lee Wise, an investigator with the attorney general's Department of Criminal Investigations, as the lone witness before the grand jury.
The case was referred to the attorney general's office by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in August 2010.
The attorney general's release said Monhollen was an instructor and assessor in Boyle, Fayette, Jessamine, Lincoln and Mercer counties.
An assessor evaluates drug and alcohol offenders "to see what level of care they need," Monhollen said.
As an instructor, Monhollen taught classes to offenders who must complete drug and alcohol education as part of their sentences.
Monhollen is also listed by the Kentucky Secretary of State's office as the director of a private company called Centers for Alcohol Education, with a principal office in Nicholasville.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 2 in Franklin Circuit Court.
The charges against Monhollen are Class D felonies that carry a possible sentence of between one and five years each and a fine of up to $10,000.