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Another Indictment In Kentucky Bourbon Thefts

May 20, 2015 – A tenth person has been indicted in connection with a series of thefts from Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries dating back to 2008. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports a Franklin County grand jury indicted former Buffalo Trace security guard Leslie Wright Tuesday on charges of complicity in receiving stolen property over $10,000. Wright admitted to investigators that she was paid to look the other way as accused ringleader Gilbert Curtsinger took 11  stainless steel barrels of whiskey from Buffalo Trace for “scrap metal.” Assistant Commonweath’s Attorney Zachary Becker told the Courier-Journal that Wright received $800 for her help, which “certainly did provide an easier means in order to commit this very valuable theft.”

Curtsinger and six other people indicted last month face an arraignment hearing Friday in Frankfort. Two other suspects have already pleaded guilty to reduced charges and are cooperating with prosecutors. Becker told the newspaper more indictments are possible as investigators keep uncovering more details about the thefts.

Wright worked at Buffalo Trace for about two years. Her arraignment hearing has not been scheduled.

Links: Buffalo Trace | Wild Turkey | Louisville Courier-Journal