Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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KY National Guard Soldier Charged with Theft By Deception
Date of News Release: 11/26/2008
(Hazard, KY) - Jonathan Reed Morgan, age 28 of the Hyden Community of Leslie County has been arrested and charged with 3 Counts of Theft by Deception as the result of a joint investigation by the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard and the Kentucky National Guard. The accused a Kentucky National Guard Soldier has been the subject of a 3-month investigation by the Kentucky State Police & the KY National Guard after numerous reports from various businesses/individuals being solicited for donations to support the families of deceased soldiers, for the purchase of care packages for current soldiers deployed overseas and for the purchase of Christmas gifts for children. The suspect is known to have targeted businesses/individuals in Perry, Leslie and Clay Counties and it is believed that all of the money collected was used for the personal benefit of the suspect. However, it is believed that there are other victims who may have not came forward. If anyone has any information on this on-going investigation they are ask to call the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).