Lexington Man, Ricky L. Meek Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Filing False Tax Returns
LEXINGTON, KY (STL.News) A Lexington man pled guilty Tuesday, to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and filing false tax returns.
Ricky L. Meek, 63, pled guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of filing false tax returns.
The information charged that Meek conspired with J.M., the daughter of H.W., to receive and spend funds, that were deposited in a federally insured financial institution, under false pretenses. In his guilty plea agreement, Meek admitted that he and J.M. failed to notify the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) of H.W.’s death, back in 2014. Then, for a period of nearly five years, Meek and J.M. took H.W.’s pension benefits, which were continuing to be deposited in H.W.’s bank account, even though H.W. was only entitled to those benefits for her lifetime. Meek admitted that he and J.M. purported to act as H.W. (or H.W.’s power of attorney) when withdrawing and spending the money. As a result of his actions, Meek admitted to causing KTRS to pay out $256,253.13 in retirement benefits improperly.