Guilty pleas expected in money order fraud case

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 24, 2003

ASHLAND, Ky. - Three Lawrence County men are expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Ashland, Ky., today for their parts in an alleged money order fraud scheme.

John Wright, of Kitts Hill, and Ronald Patrick, of South Point, filed a motion for a change of plea and re-arraignment November 17. They had originally pleaded not guilty to charges that they had in their possession money orders that had been stolen from the Kitts Hill Post Office, and intended to imprint them for use. Patrick and Wright were arrested in August in Ashland.

A third man, Christopher David Cremeans, also of South Point, was later added to the indictment against Wright and Patrick.

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All three are expected to appear at 9 a.m. before Judge Henry Wilhoite at the Carl C. Perkins Federal Building.

Wright was to have gone on trial earlier this month in Carter County, Ky., Circuit Court on charges of second-degree

assault, four counts of wanton endangerment and a single count of criminal


That trial was postponed until December. He is accused of running the victim's car off the road while she was traveling on Interstate 64 near the Boyd County-Carter county line, and then beating her severely and damaging her vehicle.

Wright is also scheduled to stand trial in Boyd County, Ky,. District Court Dec. 3 in another alleged assault incident and on a fugitive from justice warrant.

He is also scheduled to stand trial in Boyd County Circuit Court Dec. 17 on charges of theft by deception and criminal possession of a forged instrument stemming from yet another incident.