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Lawrence County Attorney pleads not guilty in federal court

The Attorney and his legal secretary were indicted on Thursday, June 3, by a federal grand jury in Lexington on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and federal program theft.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:14 PM EDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY , Ky. (WYMT) - The Lawrence County Attorney accused of federal fraud charges pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning.

The court appearance follows a recently unsealed federal indictment which revealed Michael T. Hogan and his wife, Joy M. Hogan were indicted on several federal fraud charges.

Joy, who is also Michael’s Legal Secretary was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Michael faces that charge alongside a further nine counts of wire fraud and five counts of federal program theft.

The indictment alleges that Michael paid Joy more than $365,000 from a second tax account from the Lawrence County Attorney’s Office between March 8, 2013, and April 30, 2020.

“Our special examination of county attorney offices has now resulted in two federal indictments regarding improper use of public tax dollars,” State Auditor Mike Harmon said in a release. “I’m proud our office always follows the data, and I want to recognize my team for their hard work in holding public officials accountable to the taxpayers we all serve.”

Michael is scheduled for a jury trial on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

As a condition of his release, Michael is prohibited from prosecuting cases on behalf of the Lawrence County Attorney’s Office.

Joy will appear in court Friday, June 11, at 1 p.m.

The Hogans could receive up to 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $250,000 or twice the amount of gain or loss if convicted. Michael faces an additional fine of no more than $250,000 for federal program theft charges, and potentially another 10 years in prison.

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