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FBI arrests former Franklin deputy sheriff in Owen

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By Kristina Belcher
The State Journal

FBI agents arrested former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Matt Brown on a federal charge Friday, but the details of the charge are still unclear.
Brown, 30, was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center Friday afternoon. According to the jail website, agents arrested him at his Owen County home.
Jail records don’t specify the exact charge.
Kyle Edelen, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lexington, said there are no public records regarding Brown.
“Per Department of Justice policy, we can only comment on matters that are part of the federal court public record,” Edelen said.
Because jail records indicate Brown has a federal charge, but there are no public records to confirm this, it could indicate the records have been sealed.
Brown, who worked as a narcotics detective, resigned from the Sheriff’s Office in December 2012 “to pursue a new business opportunity,” according to his resignation letter.
Around the same time, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton announced money was unaccounted for from the drug investigation funds and there could be criminal activity on the part of an employee.
Melton would not confirm that the employee was Brown, but said the employee involved had resigned.
After Melton discovered the missing money, he asked the Kentucky State Police to open an investigation.
The KSP Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch West is conducting the investigation, which is still open.
The stolen money was returned in December, but it’s unclear how much was taken.
Melton declined to comment on the case again Friday.