Basketball ‘escort queen’ indicted on forged checks charges


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A woman who declared herself the “escort queen” of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville’s basketball team has been indicted on theft charges.

The Courier Journal reports Katina Powell was indicted by a grand jury Thursday of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

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An arrest citation says Powell is accused of stealing blank checks in April totaling $2,900 and attempting to cash them at a liquor store. The citation says the checks were stolen from Thomas Tyre, who has said he wanted the case dropped.

Powell called herself the “escort queen” in a book. Powell allegedly provided women to have sex with Louisville basketball players and recruits between 2010 and 2014. The scandal led the NCAA to revoke the Cardinals’ 2013 men’s basketball championship.