Former Lawrence County prosecutor sentenced to 42 months for wire fraud and theft of federal programs | USAO-EDKY

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FRANKFURT, Ky. Former Lawrence County District Attorney Michael T. Hogan and his wife and legal secretary, Joy M. Hogan, 41, were sentenced to 42 months and 12 months and one day, respectively, on Tuesday by the District Judge. US District Gregory Van. Tatenhove, for electronic fraud. Michael Hogan was also convicted of federal program theft.

According to the Hogans’ plea agreements, the Hogans conspired with each other to commit wire fraud by issuing checks from a second overdue tax account for the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, whose statements are went to their personal residence. Michael Hogan and Joy Hogan regularly prepared “bonus” checks issued to Joy and signed by Michael, paid with delinquent tax funds that should have been used for operating expenses of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office. The Hogans deposited those checks into Joy’s personal account and the couple’s joint accounts and spent the funds on personal expenses. Michael Hogan admitted that he personally benefited from these payments and knew that some of these payments were not reasonable in amount or beneficial to the public. According to the indictment, between March 8, 2013 and April 30, 2020, Michael Hogan paid Joy Hogan more than $365,000 from the delinquent Lawrence County tax account.

Michael Hogan also admitted to defrauding the Lawrence County Child Support Enforcement Office, part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. According to his plea agreement, Hogan billed the program for more hours than he actually worked.

“Michael Hogan turned to his own interests and used taxpayer money for his personal benefit and that of his wife,” said Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. . “As an elected county attorney, he was responsible for enforcing the law; instead, he broke it brazenly, at the expense of those who elected him. His conduct will leave lasting damage, both from the theft and the resulting loss of trust in government officials and law enforcement. His prosecution and condemnation are the first steps in the effort to restore that faith.

“Public corruption erodes people’s trust in our government officials and fuels division in our community. We’ve been crystal clear that corruption at any level will not be tolerated in Kentucky,” said Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office. “No one is above the law and the victim of this crime, the people of Kentucky, deserve better. Today’s sentencing demonstrates that the FBI and its law enforcement partners will hold those who violate the trust of the public responsible for their actions.”

As part of his plea deal, Michael Hogan agreed to resign as Lawrence County prosecutor.

The Hogans pleaded guilty in March 2022.

Under federal law, the Hogans must serve 85% of their prison sentence. Upon their release from prison, Michael and Joy Hogan will be under the supervision of the US Probation Office for three years.

US attorney Shier; FBI Special Agent Cohen; and Col. Phillip Burnett, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the KSP. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Kate Smith and James Chapman.

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