Lexington man convicted of lying about donations to council members

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington businessman was convicted of asking employees to donate money to the campaigns of two Urban County Council members and then told them to give false information to the FBI to cover it up, according to federal prosecutors.

The Department of Justice says the jury convicted 66-year-old Timothy Wayne Wellman of on Monday of 11 counts related to obstructing justice, aiding and abetting the obstruction of a federal grand jury, and aiding and abetting individuals in making false statements to the FBI.

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According to testimony at trial, Wellman requested that multiple employees of CRM Companies (CRM) donate money to the campaigns of two Urban County Council members and then reimbursed them for their donation.

He later asked the employees to give false information to the FBI, who was conducting an investigation into public corruption allegations, by encouraging the employees to lie about reasons for the reimbursement checks and, in some instances, asking them to create false documents, including ledgers and tax forms, to support their false stories, according to prosecutors.

Wellman was indicted in June 2019.

Wellman will is scheduled to appear for sentencing on July 1, 2020. For the most serious charges, prosecutors say he faces up to twenty years in federal prison. He also faces a maximum fine of $2.75 million.