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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Franklin Police Officer Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Franklin Police Department officer has waived Indictment and pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony Information charging her with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

According to a plea agreement, Vickie M. Kristiansen, age 43, of Franklin, Kentucky, participated in a local drug task force while employed with the Franklin Police Department.  During the course of Kristiansen’s work, she became aware of a federal investigation into “Dr. John Doe” for unlawful prescription of controlled substances in the course of his medical practice.  The defendant also became aware of steps that were being taken in the investigation.

Around February 2013, Kristiansen met with Dr. Doe and told him he was being investigated for the purpose of helping Dr. Doe avoid being charged federally. She informed him the investigators would send undercover agents to attempt to obtain controlled substances from Dr. Doe, and advised Dr. Doe not to accept any new patients. Kristiansen told Dr. Doe he should shred documents and avoid putting his trash out on the curb until trash day, to avoid law enforcement trash pulls. She promised to inform Dr. Doe if she learned “something major” was going to happen concerning the investigation. The defendant emphasized the importance of the secrecy of their conversation, stating she could lose her job for tipping off Dr. Doe. After this conversation, Kristiansen continued to participate in the investigation of Dr. Doe, which included unsuccessful attempts at sending undercover officers to make purchases from Dr. Doe and eventual seizure of documents. Kristiansen concealed her conversation with Dr. Doe.  One of the primary objectives of the conspiracy was thwarted when Dr. Doe was federally charged in November 2015. 

Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gregory is prosecuting the case, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.

Updated June 5, 2019