Case against Barbourville pawn shop operator going to federal court

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The case against a Knox County pawn shop owner is moving to federal court.

Lewis Gray of T and L Pawn in Barbourville faced more than 4,000 charges in district court!

Tuesday in court, some of those charges were dismissed so the case can go to federal court.

The Knox County District Court docket lists 4,582 charges against Gray. Police say they are all connected to the T and L Pawn Shop.

"Basically we had complaints from the community stemming from the pawn shop and that's what began our investigation, our involvement," said Barbourville Police Chief Mike Broughton.

In March, police say they seized bank cards, checks made out to cash, computers, and other electronics from the store. At the time, police said Gray was giving loans against checks, then having people pay him more than the loan. Police say he is not licensed to do that. They filed more than four thousand misdemeanor deferred deposit violation charges. He also faced felony two charges involving mis-using computers and credit cards.

Gray was not in court Tuesday, but the county attorney moved to dismiss the two felonies, saying the case is moving to federal court. The judge dismissed them without prejudice.

Gray's defense attorney Warren Scoville did not comment on the case.

Officials say the case will be presented to a federal grand jury.

"Parts of the case are still under investigation. I cannot comment on that part of the investigation," said Broughton.

The deferred deposit violation charges still remain in Knox County District Court. A judge set a trial date for October 18th.

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