Charges against Bell County clerk, workers dismissed

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Charges were dismissed Thursday against the Bell County Clerk and two workers that were indicted on criminal charges in December.

County Clerk Rebecca Blevins and two co-workers were scheduled for a court hearing before Special Judge David Tapp in Somerset Thursday. The hearing was canceled after Attorneys were asked to meet behind closed doors with the judge.

Blevins was charged with Abuse of Public Trust and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. Blevins was accused of forging documents to keep tax refunds meant for Kentuckians that had purchased cars in Tennessee.

"Now they had her initials on a computer, that was opened at 8 o'clock. And that's the only evidence. We think we had a good defense on whether she personally benefited or gained from any funds," explains Blevins' Attorney, Foster Crabtree.

The Grand Jury indicted Blevins and co-workers Kayla Carnes and Connie Watkins following an investigation by the Attorney General. The dismissal came with the stipulation that Blevins not seek public office again after her current term ends.

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