Prosecutor: 'We don't know how long' court worker leaked search warrant info

Prosecutor: 'We don't know how long' court worker leaked search warrant info
Yakyma Boyd (Hamilton County Jail)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - County officials say they are not sure how long a veteran court employee has been allegedly leaking details about drug cases for $1,000 each - or how many were impacted.

"We don't know how long it was going on," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a news conference Thursday.

Yakyma Boyd, 45, worked at the Hamilton County Clerk's Office office for 22 years.

She has been fired, her boss said.

"It's sickening to me," Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureva said.

The West End woman is accused of removing and concealing documents and data related to an investigation by the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit (RENU), according to her arrest slip.

The alleged crimes occurred Oct. 12 and 18, court records show.

Boyd was arrested earlier this month. On Thursday, Deters announced her indictment on charges of tampering with evidence, bribery, obstructing justice and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Deters said Boyd was providing search warrant information to a third party who would then alert the target of the warrants. Deters said she was being paid roughly $1,000 per search warrant.

Deters does not believe she realized the severity of her crimes.

"Nothing in her personnel file would indicate this was something she was capable of," Pureval said.

A second person faces charges in connection with her.

Ernest Bryant, 49, of North College Hill is held on charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of rugs and having weapons while under disability.

He also was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, bribery, obstructing justice and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

As a result of the case, new security measures are underway at the Clerk's Office, Aftab said Thursday.we

  • All search warrants will be moved to a secure, locked room only accessible by supervisor.
  • Only police and judges will know details of a search warrant until it is executed
  • Employees will be screened when they are hired and then again every four years
  • Employees will undergo annual ethics training

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