Nicholasville couple and son convicted of conspiracy to defraud business

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Following an eight-day trial, a federal jury in Lexington convicted 70-year old James Minton, his 65-year old wife Joyce Minton, and the couple’s 43-year old son Aaron Brooke Warren, all of
Nicholasville, of numerous counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering, according to federal prosecutors.

According to the evidence presented, James Minton, Joyce Minton, and Aaron Brooke Warren conspired to defraud their employer, Clark Machine Tool and Die, of Nicholasville.

The criminal conspiracy took place from February 2000 through May 2016 and resulted in a loss in excess of $1,500,000, according to prosecutors.

Investigators say the three defrauded the business by using company checks and credit cards to purchase personal items, by cashing and keeping company petty cash checks, by issuing themselves extra paychecks, and by inflating their paychecks.

Prosecutors say the conspirators also kept money that customers had paid the company for work, converting those funds to their personal use.

Joyce Minton was the office manager and bookkeeper for the company; Aaron Brooke Warren was the company’s shop supervisor; and James Minton was a contractor.

On Monday, the jury convicted Joyce Minton of 46 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering; Aaron Brooke Warren was convicted of 34 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and money laundering; and James Minton was convicted of 7 counts of conspiracy and mail fraud, according to prosecutors.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Kentucky State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neeraj Gupta and Ken Taylor prosecuted the case on behalf of the federal government.

The Defendants are currently scheduled to be sentenced on September 25, 2017, in Lexington.

They face a maximum sentence of 30 years for the convictions, as well as potential restitution and forfeiture. Any sentence, however, will be imposed by the Court, after it has considered the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes governing the imposition of sentences, according to prosecutors.

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