Monday, January 22, 2018

Patrick Kelly pleads guilty

Former Mint and Julep's owner Patrick Kelly pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in Madison County on January 12.  Kelly was accused of pocketing an employees garnished child support payments.  However, the District Attorney agreed to allow Kelly to enter a pre-trial non-adjudication program.  He will serve a supervised probation term of five years.  He paid full restitution to the victim.

The indictment stated:

On or  about  and  between  the 31'st day of July, 2013, and the 30th  day of April, 2015, both dates being approximate and inclusive, in Madison County, State of Mississippi, the Defendant, PATRICK KELLY, being bound as aforesaid by the aforesaid Order of Withholding to deliver the sum of $433.00 per month to the Central Receipting and Disbursement Unit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, failed and refused to do so, and thereby willfully, unlawfully, feloniously and fraudulently appropriated the total sum of $10,914.22 which had been withheld by him from the wages of the said Charles Wiggins, in violation of Miss. Code Ann. §97-23-25, (1972, as amended), and being against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.

 JJ reported on March 7, 2017:
Hinds County Chancellor Denise Sweet Owens hit Patrick Kelly for $100,000 in punitive damages for taking an employee's wages that were garnished for child support.  Mr. Kelly is the owner of the defunct Mint and Julep's restaurants.  The nutshell version is that Mr. Kelly kept most of the garnishment for himself and only sent a pittance to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Charles Wiggins was a convicted felon and was on probation from 2010 to 2015.  The terms of his probation decreed that he work and "support his dependents."   He had to pay monthly child support of $433.  He worked at Mint from 2013 to 2015.  MDHS sent a garnishment order to Mr. Kelly.  Unfortunately for Mr. Wiggins, his employer took his money out of his paycheck but then kept most of the money. 

Mr. Kelly withheld $12,961 from his employee's wages for child support from 2013 to 2015 but  only sent $2,046 to MDHS.  The rest of the money went into Mr. Kelly's pocket.* Mr. Wiggins asked Mr. Kelly several times in 2015 to send the payments to MDHS. Mr. Kelly told him he would speak to his secretary but the money was never sent to MDHS.
Read the rest of the story in this earlier post.


Anonymous said...

What a dillhole!

Anonymous said...

Pretty sweet plea deal from the esteemed D.A. (and temporary Congressional candidate) Michael Guest.

Anonymous said...

What a POS.

Anonymous said...

What a dick...depriving those kids of their money...

Anonymous said...

He should have to pay punitive damages in the amount of $100,000 to both the father and the child ($200,000 total) because the child was a victim too,it's their right to receive that child support and not to have to live on 10% of what the Court orderded,especially bc the dad was working like a dog for this criminal to provide for the child.

Anonymous said...

DA is already going lighter on white collar crime. Or should I say white crime. A ago this guy would have gotten a couple years with MDOC

Anonymous said...

It takes a special kind of low-life monster to steal from an employee’s child. Not surprisingly, Patrick’s life is a disaster.

Anonymous said...

Oh Mint, how I will miss the married singles bar.

Anonymous said...

Guest has given much harsher sentences to lesser offenses. Guess he is running for some office now and does not want to piss off any affluent single heiresses that used to frequent the place.

Anonymous said...

Supervised probation means he will be subject to unannounced, surprise, random drug screens. A car with black windows shows up and hands you a small plastic bottle. Go pee. Otherwise....sweet deal.

Anonymous said...

6:52 - They won't tell you to go pee. Instead, they will say pee here and now.

Anonymous said...

The kids don't really need that money for support.

Go Guest!

Anonymous said...

I'll just be the odd person out and say that this was most likely the result of an accounting error.

Hold on, hold on....don't jump on me.

Patrick was a restaurant owner/manager; he was not the person running the books (to my knowledge).

It's such a MINUSCULE amount - literally $400 a doesn't make sense.

But, Internet pitchforks will be out and we can feel better about ourselves by roasting someone else.

Anonymous said...

@10:02 Stop advocating for the devil.Theres no way he'd plead guilty to a felony w the possibility of prison if his business mngr embezzeled. Secondly,non-adj probation is the sweetest deal you'll ever get in circuit Crt and although he's subject to all those provisions of random visits & drug screens,I don't see MDOC bothering this white boy very much at all,if we look at how the "new leadership" is handling all white boy cases since Jan. 1. Bye Pelicia

Anonymous said...

@10:02 I know $400/mo isn't a lot to you,but you need to understand that an extra $400/mo is absolutely vital to a single mother, when your child is hungry and looking to you to provide for their needs but have no $ to get anything bc you're having to wait for payday to go shopping. That causes childhood trauma which leads to addiction and depression later in life. That is the collateral damage of this crime that will have lasting effects for years to come.
Im happy for you that $400/mo is inconsequential in your life but please be mindful that you are in the minority.

Anonymous said...

I second everything 11:24 said but I’ll also add that I would be inclined to concede a possible clerical error or the fault of an accountant except that other areas of Patrick and his ex wife’s lives are a sh*it show of dishonesty and greed and financial ruin.

Anonymous said...

@4:19, fair enough (@10:02 here again)! I knew both of them many years ago, but have only kept up with them, well, largely through the posts on here!

I'm curious what else went down.

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