Jenkins charged with theft by deception at 2 Harlan banks

Last updated: May 27. 2014 5:35PM - 6506 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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A former University of Kentucky quarterback has been arrested on an indictment warrant for theft by deception incidents that targeted two local banks in Harlan.

Randy Jenkins, 53, of Kingsport, Tenn., is facing theft charges after an indictment was handed down by the Harlan County Grand Jury on April 7.

According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Mike Cornett, the Sullivan County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office was notified of the indictment. Officers arrested Jenkins who was then transported by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunter Luttrell and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on Friday.

Cornett is the investigator on the Harlan County charges that involve Jenkins and his company Wildcat Construction, which was located on Sukey Ridge at Baxter.

According to the indictment, Jenkins made withdrawals from a closed account at Home Federal Bank of Harlan in the amount of $23,373.57 between April 19, 2011 and May 31, 2011.

The indictment alleges that from Jan. 4, 2011 to April 13, 2011 Jenkins made withdrawals from a closed account at The Bank of Harlan in the amount of $4,901.

Jenkins was charged with theft by deception including cold checks of $10,000 or more and theft by deception including cold checks under $10,000.

Jenkins was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.

Jenkins was on probation for similar charges in Virginia and Tennessee, police said.

The Kingsport Times News reported on Aug. 24, 2012 that Jenkins was convicted of check fraud totaling approximately $11,000. He was sentenced to just under a year of house arrest during a proceeding in Scott County Circuit Court in Gate City, Va. At that time his address was listed as Church Hill, Tenn.

Jenkins was given a three-year suspended sentence by 30th Circuit Judge John Kilgore on the conditions that he submit to 10 months of home electronic monitoring, participate in three years of supervised probation and maintain good behavior.

He was given six months to pay $3,000 in restitution and and additional $1,400 in court costs as a result of entering an Alford Plea earlier to three felony counts of making false statements to obtain credit over $200.

During court proceedings, prosecutors said charges against Jenkins stemmed from three bad checks he cashed at the Scott County branch of Eastman Credit Union in June 2011, the Times-News reported. The report further stated Jenkins took checks from an old business account for New Vision Restoration LLC and wrote them to himself before depositing them into his Eastman account.

“After making the deposit, Jenkins would withdraw the money from the account before the check bounced,” the newspaper quoted prosecutors as saying.

He was also facing charges in Sullivan County, Tenn., for allegedly defrauding a client with theft over $10,000 stemming from an insurance renovation his company, New Vision Restoration LLC, was hired to carry out in 2008. The report stated he was paid $220,000 to renovate a client’s fire-damaged home but allegedly did not fully complete the work for which he was paid.

In 2011, the Tennessee Board of Licensing Contractors revoked his company’s license for “dishonest dealing” and exceeding its designated project limit, according to the Time-News. The company was assessed a $519,000 civil penalty. The license was also suspended in Virginia.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde

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