WAVE 3 and News and Tribune
A Floyds Knobs man on probation for promoting prostitution in Jeffersonville faces a new charge for forging the transfer of a vehicle that was in his auto shop.
On Sept. 4, Louisville Metro Police Department issued a court summons to Ivan Deleon, 38, to answer to a felony charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The summons states on Aug. 14, he transferred the title of a totaled car valued at more than $5,000 by forging the signature of the car owner. The car owner said she took her car to Deleon’s auto shop in Jefferson County for repairs after an accident and had an insurance adjuster appraise it while it was there. The adjuster determined it was totaled but valued at more than $5,000.
The summons states Deleon transferred the title of the car to another man and listed himself as the primary lien holder. The car owner said she discovered her signature was forged on the certificate of title to complete the transfer.
The victim obtained a copy of the title and registration from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and reported it to police. LMPD took the car into its impoundment lot.
The summons says if Deleon does not show up for court in Jefferson County on Sept. 23 a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Deleon and Jeancarol Kaufman were arrested in November at their Floyds Knobs home for tax evasion, theft and corrupt business influence. Those charges followed ones for promoting prostitution from 2011.
According to online court records, Deleon pleaded guilty to the class C felony of promoting prostitution in exchange for the tax evasion, theft and corruption charges being dismissed. He was sentenced to four years in the Indiana Department of Correction with three years and 357 days suspended to terms of probation. He also agreed to “not conduct any form of business in Clark County.”
On Sept. 5, the state filed a petition to revoke probation and a warrant was issued for Deleon for violating probation.
Kaufman agreed to a pretrial diversion program on the promoting prostitution charges on July 12. The tax evasion, theft and corruption charges were dismissed without prejudice at that time.
The massage parlor Deleon and Kaufman had operated was located in Jeffersonville. According to court records, Deleon and Kaufman would rent out rooms at My Studio 1501 where male and female employees would provide body rubs, showers and sexual acts to clients.
— Laurel Mallory, WAVE 3 News and staff reports