Laurel County Couple Indicted After Scam

They said they simply wanted to sell things online, but ended up in court.

A grand jury indicted the Laurel County couple for theft when checks they cashed for items sold online ended up being fake.

Today the couple was back in court, ready, they say, to put the whole case behind them.

Darrell Blankenship and his wife Barbara claimed they were victims of a scam, because they took cashier's checks for things they sold on the internet, thinking the checks were legit. Later, they found out they weren't. They had promised to pay the money back, but a grand jury indicted them anyway.

Today, Darrell entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of misdemeanor theft by deception.

Darrell and Barbara Blakenship said in March said they were the victims of a scam, even though they were the ones in trouble with the law.

Needing some cash, they posted cabinets on the internet for sale. They received 10 thousand dollars in payments in the form of cashier's checks.

But the checks were bogus. A grand jury indicted the couple, yet they claimed they didn't know the checks were fake. And just yesterday, a Florida based Christian publication company sent prosecutors a letter backing up the Blankenship's defense. Strang Communications claimed their checks were stolen, forged, and sent to the Blankenships as payment. Yet, this morning, none of that seemed to matter, as Darrell Blankenship pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft by deception charge. The Blankenships, their attorney, and even the prosecutor all declined to comment.

As part of the plea deal, all charges against Barbara Blankenship are expected to be dropped at sentencing in January.

The Laurel County Circuit Judge could give Darrell Blankenship 12 months in jail that would be probated for 24 months.


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  • by How dumb can ya be Location: richmond on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    It seems people think that just because you gte online you can get something for nothing. PC's need to come with large warning stickers and engravings on the case just like we label guns and drugs. These days a pc can get you in just as much trouble if you dont know how to use it. These people obviously new nothing about banking littlone the internet or theyd have waited for teh checks to clear b4 sending anything or spending it. Obviously they blew the 10grand or at least most of it or the bank would have simply deducted the negative amount from their accounts and notified them about the checks. Maybe if we start jailing people that are this dumb the others might read about it an learn something. Same goes for the rejects that pay $500 to learn how to sell absolutly nothing. Or the people that cash a foriegn check then send the US cash back to Nigeria expecting the guy to send back 20times as much next time that the mark will get to keep.
  • by Bob Location: London on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:34 PM
    The court system must really be borred, to go this far, when drug dealers and thieves get a pat on the back and turned loose
  • by cutter Location: South of East KY on Nov 30, 2007 at 07:33 PM
    Sounds like their lawyer su ck ed !

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