Former car dealer who stole from church sentenced

| May 24, 2010

Former car dealer Delbert Ault was sentenced Thursday for stealing from his church, Centenary United Methodist.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael sentenced Ault, former operator of Ault Chevrolet in Lawrenceburg and briefly an official with the Bluegrass Stallions professional basketball team, to spend two days in jail. However, Ault received credit for the time he spent in jail after his arrest last fall.

Ault had pleaded guilty in March to amended charges of misdemeanor theft by deception and misdemeanor theft by failure to make required disposition of property. The judge imposed 12-month sentences on each count, then probated the sentences which will run concurrently. In addition, Ault was ordered to perform community service and pay restitution.

Ault was indicted in November on a charge of theft by deception for allegedly making inappropriate charges on a gas credit card belonging to Centenary United Methodist. He was also charged with failure to make required disposition of property for allegedly accepting money from the Henry Clay High School girls' basketball team for transporting them on church buses and not giving the money to the church. Ault drove and oversaw buses for Centenary at the time.

Ault and his attorney, Henry Hughes of Lexington, declined comment.

Ault is scheduled to report to the Fayette County jail at 7 a.m. May 29. He will be released at 7 a.m. May 30.

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