11. Once again, their names were changed to protect the innocent
By the time the Hills arrived in Northern Kentucky, Henry had astutely learned his worth to the federal authorities. The value of the information he provided eventually led to more than 50 convictions, and likewise proved invaluable in obtaining indictments. Such indictments often led to others selecting cooperation over conviction, and branched off in new and expanded investigations. Whenever Hill wanted something, he threatened to withdraw his cooperation, leverage which he used to avoid living in Lexington and relocating to the Cincinnati suburbs. According to Gregg Hill, his father orchestrated the Omaha security breach, by making phone calls to past associates in New York, hinting at where the Marshals had sent him. Gregg states his father told him so, though he issued a caveat. “I learned a long time ago not to trust anything my father says”, he wrote.
With the new location came another change of identity, and the Hill/Haymes family became the Scott family. Henry Hill’s name in Independence was Martin Todd Scott. But the Scott’s were far from a happy family. The abrupt departure from Omaha refocused the fear in the minds of Karen and the children, though Henry was indifferent. The relocation took place in September 1980; just four months had passed since the drug raid on the Hill home in Brooklyn. On his first day in school Gregg, then using the Christian name of Matthew, failed to respond when that name was called several times in class. Almost immediately rumors of his using drugs spread among his classmates. Gregg found himself in what he described as the realm of “rednecks and hillbillies”, to his deep chagrin. Meanwhile, his father continued to flout the terms of his agreement with the government.