Local attorney indicted again on alleged theft charges

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Butler was indicted by a Hardin County grand jury in Oct. 2016

By The Staff

Local attorney Danny Perkins Butler, 71, has been indicted on four charges of theft stemming from incidents in Aug. 2014 and June 2016, according to an indictment released from Taylor Circuit Court Thursday. 

The charges against Butler include one charge of theft by unlawful taking, over $10,000 but less than $1 million (a Class C felony); theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000 (a Class C felony), and two counts of theft by deception over $10,000 (both Class C felonies). 

The indictment alleges that on or between Aug. 12, 2014 and the date of this indictment, in Taylor County, Butler took or exercised control of money belonging to Mickey Underwood and/or Mark Underwood in Mickey's capacity as Administrator/beneficiary of Ms. Edith Inez Underwood's estate and Mark Underwood in his capacity as beneficiary of the same estate. 

The indictment alleges that Butler took proceeds from the estate "with intent to deprive the owner/beneficiaries thereof said proceeds." 

On the second count, the indictment alleges that Butler obtained property of a value of $10,000 or more from Mickey and/or Mark Underwood in the previously mentioned capacities "upon agreement or subject to a known legal obligation to make payment or disposition and intentionally dealt with the property as his own and failed to make the required payment or disposition." 

Count 3 alleges that on or between June 10, 2016 and the date of the indictment, Butler wrote a check to Mark Underwood in his capacity as beneficiary of the estate, knowing it would not be honored by his bank. That check totaled $77,000 according to the indictment. 

Count 4 contains the same allegations, only that Butler wrote a check to Mickey Underwood in his capacity as administrator/beneficiary knowing it would not be honored by his bank. 

Butler had already been indicted for similar charges in Hardin County last year in which he allegedly stole more than $200,000 from a client, according to a report from the CKNJ on Nov. 14, 2016. That incident occurred in July 2012. 

Butler's law office is located in Greensburg, but his last known residence was in Campbellsville, according to the indictment. 

Kentucky State Police is in charge of the investigation. 

More details will be released as they become available.