A U.S. District Court jury has convicted a Nicholasville couple and an adult son for taking $2.5 million from a Jessamine County company.
The three faced a variety of charges, including mail fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Joyce Minton, 65, officer manager for Clark Machine Tool & Die was convicted on 46 counts.
Minton’s husband, James “Jimmy” Minton, 70, who did various building jobs for the company, was convicted on seven counts. Joyce Minton’s son, Aaron Brooke Warren, 44, shop manager for the company, was convicted on 34 counts.
The three “aided and abetted each other” in a “scheme to defraud and obtain money” from the company operated by Ray Clark, his wife, Sue, and son Danny, according to court records.
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Joyce Minton “issued herself inflated paychecks, additional paychecks, inflated monthly bonus checks, and additional bonus checks” as well as issuing “inflated monthly bonus checks” to Warren, according to court documents.
In addition, Warren “collected money from customers and personally kept money” for work performed by the company, court records said. Joyce Minton “was aware of and aided this deception.”
Warren and Joyce Minton “made and kept personal purchases using money, checks and a credit card” from the company, then concealed the purchases by recording them as business expenses, their indictment said.
Joyce Minton also “improperly wrote, cashed and kept petty cash checks” from the company’s bank account. the indictment said.
The investigation began when the company noticed that multiple checks had been written and cashed by Joyce Minton, but the money was unaccounted for and never returned to the business.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph M. Hood scheduled sentencing for Sept. 25. They face a maximum sentence of 30 years for the convictions, as well as potential restitution and forfeiture.
Meanwhile, the Mintons and Warren still have theft and complicity to theft charges pending against them in Jessamine Circuit Court, as well as a civil suit brought against them by Clark Machine Tool & Die.