Crime

Nicholasville man accused of stealing $471,110 from ATMs

A Nicholasville man was indicted Tuesday on charges that he stole more than $400,000 from local ATMs.

A Fayette County grand jury indicted Jason T. Cornwell on four counts of theft.

Cornwell, 32, is accused of taking money while he worked for ATM Solutions Inc., which stocks and repairs ATMs. Cornwell allegedly kept $471,110 from eight Community Trust Bank machines in Fayette, Woodford and Clark counties between July 2008 and February 2009, according to court records.

ATM Solutions discovered in February that money was missing. Officials received an alert that Cornwell broke protocol by stocking the same ATM for more than six months, according to an arrest warrant for Cornwell.

Cornwell couldn't be reached for comment.

According to court documents, Raymond Story, an ATM Solutions employee, conducted an audit after the alert of the eight ATMs that Cornwell stocked.

"Mr. Cornwell immediately quit his employment upon learning of the audit," Lexington police Det. Jeremy Tuttle wrote in a report.

Story discovered that four ATMs in Fayette County were missing $224,610, the warrant states. The machines were located on East Vine Street, Sir Barton Way, North Eagle Creek and Pasadena Drive. ATMs in Woodford and Clark counties were missing $205,650 and $40,850, respectively. No charges have been filed in Woodford or Clark counties.

Cornwell was arrested by Lexington police in February. According to the uniform citation, Cornwell admitted in a taped confession that he committed the thefts.

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