Man vows he's penniless in court; deputies find $4K on him

2017-10-18 07:00
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Columbus - A defendant in the American state of Ohio, who vowed he was penniless and couldn't pay a fine, now faces a big one after deputies escorting him from the court found he had over $4 000 in his clothes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 36-year-old Lawrence Knox swore he was indigent during an October 5 hearing after pleading guilty to a drug charge in Franklin County court. Deputies taking him to be processed for his six-year prison sentence then found he had $4 060 on him.

When the judge learned that, he gave Knox the maximum fine of $20 000, plus court costs.

About half the discovered cash was ordered to go to Knox's attorney, Michael Hayes, who'd been shorted on his fees. The rest was applied toward the fine.

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