The Richmond Register

September 19, 2013

Man accused of stealing from employer indicted by grand jury

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — By Sarah Hogsed

Register News Writer

A Madison grand jury this week indicted a man who is accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from his employer, Beltone Hearing Aid Center.

Mark A. Jordan, 46, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of theft by unlawful taking (under $10,000) and tampering with physical evidence.

Representatives of the Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Commercial Drive, told police April 14 that Jordan had sold two hearing aids to a patient Jan. 17 without recording the sale, according to an RPD report.

Jordan was believed to have pocketed the $3,000 payment, the report stated.

The second count of theft by unlawful taking stems from the allegation he took a set of hearing aids from Chester Richardson “with the intent to deprive Mr. Richardson of his property,” according to the indictment.

Jordan also was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence because investigators believe he took the hearing aids, which are physical evidence, in an attempt to keep them from being used in the case against him, the indictment stated.

A warrant was issued April 16 for Jordan’s arrest, and he was arrested April 22 at Professional Drive and the Eastern Bypass.

Jordan was released on bond the same day he was arrested, according to jail records.

Others indicted Wednesday included:

• Pernell Evans, 49, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and second-degree possession of a controlled substance (suboxone)

• Tamara J. Douglas, 30, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Eric D. Albro, 30, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin, subsequent offense), two counts of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (clonazepam and valium, subsequent offenses), third-degree criminal mischief, public intoxication, attempted second-degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. Albro has previously been convicted of first-degree drug trafficking in a 2009 Madison Circuit Court case, according to the indictment.

• Jim Freeman, 37, and Reanell C. Caldwell, 37, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone, Freeman), complicity to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Caldwell) and convicted felon in possession of a handgun (Freeman only). The possession of a handgun charge enhances the drug trafficking charge against Freeman, making it a Class A felony. This is the highest level felony in Kentucky criminal court, with a punishment of 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

Order referring misdemeanor charges to Madison District Court:

• Arthur S. Lamb, 45

Order of dismissal without prejudice following no true bill:

• William Marcum

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.