Ex-Louisville DJ Sentenced To 15 Years For Fraud
February 11, 2008 at 6:17 AM (PT)
TODD SMITH, the former WDJX disc jockey known on the air as TODD KELLY, admitted in court YESTERDAY that he made a "big mistake," apologizing to his family and the community for faking LOU GEHRIG's disease and spending more than $120,000 raised for research on himself, reports THE LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL.
"I deceived the good people of this LOUISVILLE community," said SMITH during his sentencing in JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT.
Reading from a prepared statement, SMITH, said he was "truly sorry" and asked to be given a chance to "right the wrong I did," promising to repay the money he took. "Hopefully, the LOUISVILLE community will one day give me a second chance so I can start to make things right," he said.
SMITH, the former promotions director of WDJX who announced in 2001 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has already been sentenced in federal court to 84 months in prison on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. In AUGUST, he pleaded guilty in state court to several charges of theft and agreed to a 10-15-year prison sentence that will be probated for five years, as long as he pays restitution of more than $74,000 at 12% interest.