National Guardsman Is Arrested On Theft By Deception Charges

Jonathan Reed Morgan, age 28 of the Hyden Community of Leslie County has been arrested and charged with 3 Counts of Theft by Deception as the result of a joint investigation by the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard and the Kentucky National Guard.

The accused, a Kentucky National Guard Soldier, has been the subject of a 3-month investigation by the Kentucky State Police & the KY National Guard.

Numerous reports from various businesses and individuals claim that Morgan had been soliciting them for donations to support the families of deceased soldiers, the purchase of care packages for current soldiers deployed overseas, and for the purchase of Christmas gifts for children.

The suspect is known to have targeted businesses and individuals in Perry, Leslie, and Clay Counties and it is believed that all of the money collected was used for the personal benefit of the suspect.

However, it is believed that there are other victims who may have not came forward.

If anyone has any information on this on-going investigation they are ask to call the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 1-800-222-5555.


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  • by glenn collett Location: knox co, on Nov 27, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    keep up the great work, and let"t keep boosting the wild cat"s , hope they go all the way -- GO BIG BLUE,
  • by here Location: ky on Nov 27, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    this gives the organization a bad name. i am glad they caught him he prayed on innocent victims with a big heart. it's a shame you can't try to help someone out because of scams like this.
  • by Mom 206 Location: Magoffin County on Nov 27, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    I know so many good people that have donated to our deployed soldiers' care packages. The citizens of Magoffin County and surrounding counties have been very supportive. I am proud that Eastern Kentucky remembers their troops. Morgan took advantage of this. Our deployed soldiers are so pleased to receive anything from home. It keeps them from feeling like they have been forgotten. Shame of you, Jonathan Reed Morgan. You took from your community, your own brothers and their families.
  • by tex on Nov 27, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    very innnovative better than signing up on disability.

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