In April of 2018 an undercover investigation led to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department raiding a local business known as the Pop Shop. As a result three people were indicted. Joe Bolinger, LaFollette’s Vice Mayor at the time, along with Jennifer Brown and Jimmy Ivey were the individuals indicted in the case.
Ivey had the majority of the charges with 77. Ivey was charged with 69 counts of theft under $1,000, 5 counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance, one count of criminal conspiracy, and one count of conspiracy to sell marijuana.
Brown faced one count of criminal conspiracy and 5 counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance.
Bolinger was charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and 4 counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance.
On Monday the case resolved by way of a plea deal.
Ivey was fined $5,250, received a year of unsupervised probation, and is receiving a judicial diversion.
Bolinger was fined $500, received a year of unsupervised probation, and is receiving judicial diversion.
Brown was fined $500 and received 11 months and 29 days of unsupervised probation.
Judicial Diversion is a type of expungeable probation for eligible offenders who plead guilty. An individual may be eligible for Judicial diversion if one has never been convicted of a felony or some types of misdemeanors and if one hase never received diversion before.