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Katina Powell arrested for theft and forgery

Powell arrested for forged checks
Published: May. 17, 2018 at 8:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2018 at 12:54 PM EDT
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Katina L. Powell (Source: LMDC)
Katina L. Powell (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The self-proclaimed escort queen whose explosive tell-all memoir rocked the UofL men's basketball program and led to the firing of its hall of fame head coach has been arrested on theft and forgery charges.

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Katina Powell was arrested May 17 by Louisville Metro police on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception under $10,000.

Powell, 45, is accused of cashing three business checks totaling $2,900 at a liquor store. The owner of the business said the checks had been stolen and forged.

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Powell was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections and is scheduled to be arraigned May 18.

Her 2015 bombshell detailed sex parties involving UofL basketball players and recruits at a campus dormitory, leading to a suspension for legendary coach Rick Pitino. He and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired last year following a second high-profile scandal involving pay-for-play accusations and blue-chip recruits.

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