LIMA — A Lima man was heard on tape Tuesday instructing a female acquaintance to create fake medical documents in what proved to be an ill-fated attempt to get out of jail on bond.
Randall Rudy, 41, of Lima, is an inmate in the Allen County jail. He is charged with second-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, in addition to a fourth-degree felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
On April 29, 2019, the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, with assistance from the Allen County SWAT team, served a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of North Central Avenue, Lima, at a home reportedly owned by Rudy. During the search, approximately 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located. Rudy and a female were the only two people in the home at the time the warrant was executed.
In November, Rudy’s attorney, Kenneth Rexford, filed a motion with the court seeking to reduce his client’s bond. The motion was made in light of Rudy’s “substantial medical concerns,” according to court documents.
It was during Tuesday’s bond hearing, however, that new information came to light that set off a chain of events. Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Destiny Caldwell played for the court recordings of four phone calls placed by Rudy from the Allen County jail in which he instructed the same female who was in the home at the time of the search to create bogus letters from medical experts that would outline various ailments from which Rudy allegedly suffers.
At the conclusion of the tapes, an obviously distraught and disgusted Rexford asked the court’s permission to step down from the case because of what he had just heard. Prosecutors also said the woman on the phone call, whose identity is known to police, could face charges of falsification. Additional charges against Rudy could also be forthcoming.
Rexford asked that Tuesday’s hearing be postponed until a new attorney could be appointed for Rudy. Judge Jeffrey Reed agreed to that request in addition to permitting Rexford to remove himself from the case.