Former Kentucky Radio Personality Rejects Plea Bargain
January 22, 2007 at 6:32 AM (PT)
A former KENTUCKY radio personality accused of using a fraudulent charity drive to steal nearly $150,000 (NET NEWS 5/4/06) has rejected an offered plea bargain. The LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL reported that TODD KELLY SMITH rejected the plea bargain in JEFFERSON Circuit Court FRIDAY, maintaining that he is innocent regarding all the charges laid against him.
The 36-year-old former WDJX radio personality and his 68-year-old mother, SYBIL SMITH, are both facing 11 charges of felony theft over their alleged creation of an imaginary foundation. The TODD KELLY Foundation was supposedly created to raise funds to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but none of the funds compiled by a series of fundraisers ever saw their way to the proper channels, officials allege.
SYBIL SMITH's attorney, DAVID MEJIA, said many expected the plea bargain to be accepted by his client. "There was an expectation by the commonwealth's attorney that they might plead guilty to avoid federal indictment," he said, "but that's not going to happen."