Fayette County

Lexington police warn donors about this man

Kenneth Roth
Kenneth Roth Lexington police

UPDATED 10:15 p.m.: Police picked up Kenneth Roth on Tuesday night at the Hilton Garden Inn on Plaudit Place in the Hamburg area; he was arrested on a charge of theft by deception.

Police said Roth had been staying in a room longer than the time for which he had paid, and had ordered room service with no intention of paying.

Roth was lodged in the Fayette County jail.


Lexington police warned businesses and residents Tuesday about a man who claims to be collecting donations on behalf of well-known groups.

Multiple incidents involving Kenneth Roth, 51, have been reported, according to police. Roth has asked for money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates Angel Tree program and claimed to be affiliated with United Way, the Make a Wish Foundation, churches and other local organizations.

Roth, who uses a wheelchair and might be homeless, doesn’t appear to be a volunteer or employee of any legitimate nonprofit group, police said in a news release.

Roth apparently hasn’t received any money through the scam, so he hadn’t been charged as of about noon Tuesday.

Anyone who gave Roth money or witnessed him portraying himself as a fundraiser for a nonprofit is asked to contact police at 859-258-3600.