Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Paying Sheriff for Client Referrals, Favorable Treatment
Posted Mar 17, 2011 9:22 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Kentucky lawyer has pleaded guilty to paying more than $57,000 to a former sheriff for drug client referrals and favorable treatment of the defendants.
Court documents allege that Reynolds conspired on at least three occasions with former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge, who referred clients to Reynolds in exchange for part of the legal fees. Reynolds then encouraged the clients to make forfeiture payments or cash donations to the sheriff’s office in exchange for a favorable resolution of their cases, the documents claim.
Hodge has not been charged in the federal case, but he is facing state charges of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his office, Kentucky.com says. A November story at Kentucky.com has more information.