Alleged scamming couple behind bars

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A Laurel County couple is now behind bars for theft by deception which is a crime they claim they did not commit.

It all happened when state police say the two asked several organizations for money claiming their home burned to the ground.

"I didn't do nothing wrong," said Robert Maxie, who was arrested for theft by deception.

That is what 53-year-old Robert Maxie is claiming from jail after he and his wife 26-year-old Brittany McDonald were arrested when police say they were unlawfully asking organizations for donations they did not need allegedly using a recent house fire as an excuse.

"Here you have those taking that from people who really need it and taking advantage of that, and we wanted to put a stop to that as quick as we could," said Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator Brian Lewis.

But Maxie says they did not use the burned home to collect money from Community Corporate Care and local churches.

"The burned house was never mentioned. The house we live in, the trailer we lived in, we was getting the electric turned on that's it," said Maxie.

Now behind bars along with his pregnant wife, Maxie is trying to set the records straight.

"We did not call no more. And Brian Lewis is a liar, and I don't care if I say it to his face, but I'm pissed," said Maxie.

Police are continuing to investigate the fire and the case involving this couple.

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