6 indicted on criminal syndicate charges


By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



HAZARD — Multiple individuals are facing criminal syndicate charges after the Perry County Grand Jury handed down indictments last month.

Deana Gwinn, 47, of Chavies, Charles Griffith, 35, of Altro, Charles Thomas, 47, of Hazard and Sammy W. Watts, 42, of Hazard are facing charges of criminal syndicate.

Angelia Joseph, 47, of Hazard was indicted on receiving stolen property more than $500 and criminal syndicate.

Also indicted was Randy Campbell, 46, of Hazard. He was indicted on third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000, theft by unlawful taking involving an automobile more than $10,000 and criminal syndicate.

According to the indictment during April 14-15, Campbell broke into Master Tech Auto when the business was closed and took $41,500 in tools and mechanic equipment from Master Tech Auto.

Master Tech Auto is owned by Phillip Newsome.

The indictment claims that during the same time period as the break-in, Campbell also stole an Audi vehicle that is valued at $23,000 and owned by Andy Walker. The vehicle was on the premises of Master Tech Auto when the theft allegedly happened.

The indictment says that Campbell, Griffith, Thomas, Wats, Joseph and Campbell all conspired, facilitated, managed or provided material aid for a criminal enterprise/syndicate by transporting, concealing and retaining an Audi vehicle, several tools and equipment that were stolen from Master Tech Auto totalling in the amount of $64,000.

The bail in the case against Campbell was set in the amount of $25,000 cash plus MCR. He is scheduled for arraignment in the Perry County Circuit Court on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m.

Gwinn, Griffith, Thomas, Watts and Joseph are to appear for arraignment on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. in the Perry County Circuit Clerk.

Bail was set in the amount of $15,000 cash plus home incarceration and MCR in each case.

TJ Caudill is a reporter for The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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