Lexington businessman indicted for lying about donations to Urban Council members

Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 8:15 PM EDT
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A Lexington businessman is facing federal charges as a grand jury has returned an indictment against him.

The grand jury accuses Wellman of giving money to 12 different people with the intention that they would then donate the funds to two sitting council members. Wellman is also accused of creating false documents.

The indictment states Wellman asked one of the people who had already admitted his role in the scheme to sign a contradictory statement.

The Urban Council voted against awarding a contract for a new city hall project to CRM Companies after it was selected for the project. The company had a contract to buy the Lexington Herald-Leader building at 100 Midland Avenue, where the newspaper still operates.

Founder and CEO of CRM Companies Craig Turner released a statement Friday following the indictment, and he is defending Wellman.

"Wayne Wellman is a friend and partner on a number of business ventures that I have had over the years. However, with regard to the project to redevelop and convert the Herald-Leader building into the new City Hall, Wayne was not involved in any capacity on that development business venture or LLC. Furthermore, despite reports to the contrary, Mr. Wellman is not an owner of CRM Companies. I fully expect his name to be cleared of any wrongdoing at the end of this unfortunate process and, in the meantime, CRM Companies will continue on with business as usual."