In first of their kind indictments in Whitley County, a grand jury indicted a Corbin woman and a Williamsburg man Monday for failing to provide proper training for services which they were being paid to provide.
The Whitley County Grand Jury charged Glenda K. Mason, 49, of 613 Caldwell Street, with failure to acquire a permit for a school for medical laboratory personnel and for seven counts of theft by deception over $500 but less than $10,000.
In an unrelated case the grand jury also charged James L. Kubat, 32, of 1205 Lot Mud Creek, with six counts of misrepresentation of having conducted firearms training and for nine counts of providing incomplete firearms training.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble said that this is the first time he can remember criminal charges being filed against a school for failure to provide training.
"Also, it is the first time I have had a case against someone who provide concealed weapons training," Trimble said.
"There was not a lot of money involved with the concealed weapons training, but the state has an interest that you just don’t pass those out to people who don’t have some basic understanding."
Trimble said that Mason advertised as conducting a phlebotomy school which involves training people to draw blood.
"She had limited resources and no ability to provide clinicals which were required," Trimble said. "She also had no ability to provide these people a license."
Trimble said each person in the program paid $1,500 for the training and that the students were mainly young people who were trying to better themselves in order to get better jobs.
"It was a group of people whose common element was that they wanted to improve their lives, get a better job and that kind of thing," Trimble said. "She just didn’t provide it. They each paid her money and didn’t get anything in return for it. Then they found out she wasn’t authorized and approved to provide that type of training and they weren’t going to get a certificate anyway."
Trimble said the case against Mason came about after his office started getting citizen complaints.
The thefts allegedly took place between Dec. 14, 2010, and October 10, 2011, according to her indictment.
The case against Kubat came about after state officials contacted some people, who reportedly under went the training under Kubat in order to survey them, Trimble noted.
The questionnaire involved questions dealing with whether they received the required elements of the course.
He said about six of the participants just received the certificate without any training.
"The others had incomplete training," he added.
It’s the first time this charge has been filed in Whitley County.
"I knew it existed, I just never had any experience with it," Trimble said.
If convicted, both Kubat and Mason face between one and five years in prison on each count.