U-Bet employee admits to role in staged carjacking

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Hazard Police Captain Jason Duff said an employee of U-Bet in Hazard admitted to playing the victim in a staged carjacking last week.

“She advised that she had been assaulted during the incident and that she did not know any of the three people,” said Duff.

The UBet employee, Christianna Clemons, told police she was robbed and assaulted when driving to make $17,000 deposit after work. She also claimed they stole her 2001 Pontiac Grand AM, which has still not been recovered.

Police said it was all part of an elaborate plan and they are searching for three people who they say were also involved.

"This was in no way a random act. this was planned by the employee of u bet and the three other subjects that she had co-conspired with," said Duff.

Clemons will be arrested once she is released from the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Duff said she will be charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking Greater than $10,000 and falsely reporting an incident.

Police are still searching for Hiram Noble of Clayhole, Jerry "Yad" Hurt of Lower Second Creek and Sharon Hensley of Hazard. He said the four probably spent a lot of time coming up with the scheme. He said they planned on doing it at around the usual time of the deposit drop-off.

"They come up with a plan to set the robbery up, how it was going to go down, how it was going to happen, where it was going to happen at. what time," said Duff.

Duff said they believe the three others involved are driving a red Dodge Dakota and could be in the Upper Second Creek area of Perry County.

Duff said all of the suspects, once found, will be charged with Class-C felonies and they could spend up to 10 years behind bars. The lead detective said he planned on going to speak with the commonwealth's attorney about possible wanton endangerment charges since police officers had to respond in an emergency matter to the staged crime.

Officials from U-Bet declined to comment on the matter.

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