An interior designer whose clientele after integrated rich and well known Kentuckians was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday for thieving over $285,000 from an aged widow with dementia and Alzheimer’s disorder.
Wayne Jenkins, 66, questioned by means of counsel for probation or to do his time on house detention, citing a critical professional medical issue that was not disclosed in court docket.
But U.S. District Choose David Hale reported all those would not be “just punishment.”
“The fraud in this scenario cannot be minimized,” he stated. “It performed out about many years against a susceptible victim.”
Jenkins, who will be authorized to report to jail later, chose not to deal with the courtroom.
Mark Eliason, his previous business enterprise and romantic spouse – and the son of target June Eliason, who died in 2019 at age 95 − reported in an job interview the sentence was much too lenient but he was glad the situation is over.
Demanding in court that Jenkins go to prison, Assistant U.S. Lawyer Corinne Keel explained Jenkins’ crime was “not simply a breach of fiduciary duty” but also an exploitation of a friendship” with each Eliason and his mom.”
Addressing the court, Mark Eliason’s husband, Jeff Howard, mentioned June Eliason, a nurse, experienced labored her entire everyday living and Jenkins drained the legacy she had hoped to go away guiding.
“She was betrayed and she should really not have experienced to stop her life that way,” he stated.
Below advisory sentencing suggestions, Jenkins would have gotten 27 to 33 months guiding bars, but Hale reduced that amount of money mainly because of his health care issue.
He also ordered Jenkins to pay $285,336 in restitution and to provide a few years on supervised launch after his sentence expires.
The Courier Journal previously reported that Jenkins pleaded responsible in April to just one rely of bank fraud.
The govt charged that he utilized forgery, unauthorized on-line banking obtain and other methods to make the fake effect that Eliason or his mom had approved withdrawals, checks and payments from her accounts. In courtroom papers, he was accused of forging her title to make on-line payments for his private American Specific card.
Keel reported Jenkins utilised June Eliason’s income to maintain a lavish way of life that incorporated spending on travel, dining, entertainment, motor vehicles and apparel.
In an interview, Eliason and Howard reported Jenkins dined out virtually just about every night, threw parties for extra than a hundred guests, drove a Jaguar, a Array Rover and a Mercedes at various situations and sent out his sheets for dry cleansing.
The clientele of Jenkins Eliason included Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., Yum Makes chief government CEO David Novak and Ashland Oil Chairman John Hall – and their wives.
Eliason and Jenkins parted techniques individually about 15 a long time in the past and skillfully about four a long time in the past, amid awful allegations and counterclaims about bad checks and unpaid costs.
Eliason depended on Jenkins to take care of their bookkeeping and didn’t suspect everything was amiss until payment for his mother’s nursing dwelling bounced, in accordance to court papers. When he last but not least checked his mother’s accounts, he observed they ended up virtually vacant, data demonstrate.
“Mark rolled up in a ball and cried,” Howard stated. “He wished to die.”