Today, the Campbell County Grand Jury followed up on the Pop Shop raid that occurred in April. Following testimony from agents with the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force, TBI and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the grand jury returned an 80-count indictment against the trio accused of operating the criminal operation that traded cash for items purchased with food stamps.
City of LaFollette Vice Mayor Joe Bolinger, his reported girlfriend Jennifer Brown and alleged store owner Jimmy Ivey have been indicted on fraudulent receipt of food assistance, criminal conspiracy, theft and sale of a controlled substance.
Ivey weighed in with the most charges with 77 counts. He is the only one facing a narcotics charge. Ivey was indicted for conspiracy to sell marijuana. He also faces 69 counts of theft under $1,000, one count of attempted theft over $1,000, five counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance and a sole count of criminal conspiracy.
Bolinger was indicted on four counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance and one count of criminal conspiracy.
Brown faces five counts of fraudulent receipt of food assistance and one count of criminal conspiracy, according to the indictment.
Around 3:30 pm today, they surrendered to authorities and were being processed at the Campbell County Jail.
The indictment comes nearly two months after officials raided the nondescript once yellow building perched on the city’s busiest street.
At the time of the raid, LaFollette City Officials denied any knowledge of illegal activity.
The investigation, conducted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force and the TBI lasted six to eight months, authorities said.
This is a developing story. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/06/2018-5PM)