GREENUP A family accused of plotting to torch their own business in order to collect insurance money was indicted last week by a Greenup County grand jury.
The husband, wife and daughter paid a man to burn down Wolfe’s Food Mart and Pool Hall in Greenup, according to court records. That man turned out to be an informant working with the Greenup Sheriff’s Office, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Kentucky State Police and the FBI, records show.
Manjit K. Singh, 48, her husband Gurpreet Singh Bath, 50, and their daughter Harpeneet Kaur Bath, 27, were indicted March 19 by the Greenup County grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree arson, a class C felony. Harpeneet Bath was also charged with tampering with physical evidence after police said she tore up a paper with a fictitous routing number on it given to her by the informant.
An indictment is a formal accusation levied by a grand jury, a group of citizens called together to determine probable cause. Anyone indicted is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The following people were also indicted by the Greenup County grand jury:
• Ty E. Bond-Mullins, 34, of Catlettsburg, was indicted on one count of first-degree fleeing or evasion from police and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment. The grand jury also filed a first-degree persistent felony offender enhancement, which could increase his time if were convicted of the other charges.
• James L. Hay, 26, of Argillite, was indicted on one count of first-degree trafficking in fentanyl. The grand jury also filed a second-degree persistent felony offender enhancement against him.
• Melissa A. Hogsten, 37, of Russell, was indicted on one count of first-degree trafficking in fentanyl and one count of third-degree trafficking in Xanax. The grand jury also indicted her on another first-degree fentanyl trafficking charge in a separate case.
• Randi Jo Fritz, 46, of Greenup, was indicted on one count of first-degree possession of methamphetamine, one count of DUI and one count of resisting arrest.
• Ronald L. Porter Jr., 38, of South Shore, was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of fourth-degree assault.
• Silas A. Stone, 46, of South Shore, was indicted one count of first-degree possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation.
• Lisa R. Gainer, 52, of Ironton, was indicted on one count of first-degree fleeing or evasion of police, one count of DUI, one count of open container and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct.
• Garrick C. Fetters, 37, of Vanceburg, was indicted on one count of first-degree fleeing or evasion of police, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and three traffic violations.
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