A man responsible for helping DUI suspects get back on their feet is now accused of falsifying some of their records. A grand jury claims Timothy Monhollen, an instructor in Kentucky's alcohol related offenders program used fake entries in DUI program completion forms, but Monhollen claims he did nothing wrong.
When someone is convicted of DUI, sometimes they get a chance to reduce their sentence by completing a drug and alcohol education program. "It may be as part of a plea deal, a prosecutor may offer this in lieu of jail time," Attorney General communications director Allison Martin said, "If it's a first offense to say that we will only give you this much probation if you complete this, or we won't send you to jail if you complete this course."
The Attorney General's office is investigating Monhollen. "He had the final sign off on who had completed the course work in order to report that back to the court," Martin said.
In the indictment, a grand jury charges Monhollen with three counts of falsifying DUI program completion forms. "It said that the course work had been completed when it actually hadn't," Martin said, "so there was some false or some forged information allegedly submitted to the court that allowed these defendants to have a judge believe that they had completed their sentence when they had not."
Monhollen didn't want to appear on camera, but he insists all three counts are based on false allegations. "Basically stems from a competitor who is doing both home incarceration and DUI counseling," Monhollen said in a phone interview, "and she's upset, made it clear she's upset about the amount of referrals she's been getting, and she's basically complained on me."
Monhollen says these are old accusations he considers settled. "She's went to my CADC board," Monhollen said, "She's went to the Division of Substance Abuse, and she's went to whoever will listen."
Nonetheless, Martin says the investigation continues. "The Attorney General is ensuring that if a person makes an allegation with this office or we receive a referral from a Cabinet, that those are all taken very seriously," Martin said.
Monhollen is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin Circuit Court on December 2nd. The charges against Monhollen are Class D felonies that carry a possible sentence of between one and five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.