PRESS RELEASE, 11/16/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces indictment in Clerk’s Office case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Yakyma Boyd (DOB 8-20-72) and Ernest Bryant (DOB 5-9-68).   Boyd was indicted on 2 counts of Tampering with Records (Felony 3), 1 count of Bribery (Felony 3), 1 count of Obstructing Justice (Felony 5), 1 count of Theft in Office (Felony 5) and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (Felony 1).  Bryant was indicted on 2 counts of Tampering with Records (Felony 3), 1 count of Bribery (Felony 3), 1 count of Obstructing Justice (Felony 5), 1 count of Possession of Cocaine (Felony 1), 1 count of Trafficking in Cocaine (Felony 1), 1 count of Weapons under Disability (Felony 3) and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  If convicted of all charges, Boyd faces the possibility of up to 21 years in prison and Bryant faces the possibility of over 43 years in prison.

Boyd was employed by the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts office where she worked for 22 years.  Her most recent position was as a Common Pleas court clerk where she worked at the cost desk and filed documents, accepted payments, answered questions and provided customer service.  The indictment today charges her with providing confidential information from search warrants to potential targets of criminal investigations.

Boyd is no longer employed by the clerk’s office.

Bryant, who was not employed by the clerk’s office, was an acquaintance of Boyd and is charged with assisting Boyd in the release and dissemination of confidential information.  Bryant also faces separate drug and weapon charges.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “These are serious charges given the potential for putting law enforcement officers at risk.  Officers could have been seriously hurt or killed if their potential targets were tipped off to details of the investigation. 

Unfortunately, there will always be crooks in any organization.  I thank the clerk’s office for their cooperation in this investigation and I am confident that they have taken steps to minimize the potential of this activity happening again.”

“We are grateful to Prosecutor Deters and to law enforcement for their teamwork in helping us to root out this criminal behavior,” said Hamilton County Clerk of Court Aftab Pureval.  “That an employee of the clerk’s office would use sensitive information for criminal activity, that she would endanger law enforcement, is sickening to me.  It is a violation of the public trust.  And I’m glad we put a stop to it.”