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Brown claims indigency

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Requests court-appointed attorney for criminal case

By Becky Barnes

The arraignment for Brenda Kay Brown, who was indicted Thursday, Nov. 8, in Harrison Circuit Court has been continued to Dec. 18.
Brown, estranged wife of former Cynthiana mayor and businessman Jim Brown, appeared before Judge Jay Delaney Tuesday morning without an attorney.
Brown asked that an attorney be appointed and filed an affidavit of indigency/request for counsel.
Brown, 62, who listed her address as being in Catlettsburg, Ky., stated in the affidavit, which is a matter of public record, that her total monthly income is less than $900 and is from a retirement fund.
She also noted that she owes $395,000 on a burned-out building, which remains in litigation.
She said she owns $75,000 in real estate and a 2002 vehicle valued at $3,500. She pays $450 in rent, if she has the money, and other bills amounting to $630 per month.
She acknowledged that her $5,000 bond was posted by Carl Kirk, who is Brown’s brother.
Brown was indicted in Harrison County on charges of financial exploitation of an adult (more than $300), first degree perjury and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Delaney also denied a request from the Commonwealth to have Brown’s passport seized.
Brown was also indicted, along with her brother Roger Kirk in Lawrence County on Nov. 9 on charges of receiving stolen property over $10,000/complicity and second degree criminal possession of forged instrument/complicity.
Jim and Kay Brown were married in February 2008. He suffered a stroke just before Christmas the same year.
There are four civil cases pending in Harrison County against Kay Brown and filed by her estranged husband’s guardian and conservator. One of those pending proceedings is a divorce.
Kay Brown also has a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case pending in U.S. District Court in Lexington.
Kay Brown’s home in Painstville was ordered to be sold by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She purchased the home in July 2009 for $800,000. It sold for $525,000.
Kay Brown filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2012. It was later amended to Chapter 7.
Prior to the bankruptcy filing, Kay Brown is alleged to have transferred several million dollars of certificates of deposit and real estate from Jim  Brown as well as the purchase of the Paintsville home with her husband’s monies.