Women at Center of U of Louisville Basketball Scandal Arrested for Stealing Checks from A Dentist

Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed escort queen at the center of a scandal involving University of Louisville basketball recruits, was ordered Thursday to pay restitution and serve two years of diversion after pleading guilty to theft and forgery charges.

Powell pleaded guilty Oct. 26 to criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception using cold checks, according to online court records.

Powell, 45, was arrested in May and accused of stealing checks from a man in April and attempting to cash three of them at a liquor store, according to an arrest citation. The checks totaled $2,900.

Thomas Tyre, a Louisville-area dentist, was listed as the victim on the arrest citation. Tyre told the Courier Journal in May that he and Powell were close for several months.

According to court records, Powell must pay Tyre $2,900 in restitution and complete diversion. Fulfilling those requirements would allow Powell to have her case dismissed and expunged from her record.

Powell’s arrest in May came after a judge ordered her to vacate her Louisville home. That eviction stemmed from an incident in which Powell’s daughter allegedly pointed a handgun at a man outside Powell’s house, according to the past arrest citation.

Powell also has a pending case stemming from a theft in January of $32.12 worth of merchandise from the Walmart at 175 Outer Loop, according to online court records.

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