Thursday, 12 12, 2013
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that the Bell County clerk and two deputy clerks have been indicted by a Bell County grand jury following an investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
On Wednesday, the grand jury returned indictments on the following individuals:
• 45-year-old Rebecca Blevins, Bell County clerk. Blevins is charged with two counts of abuse of public trust less than $10,000; one count of abuse of public trust over $10,000 but less than $100,000; and one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.
• 23-year-old Kayla Carnes, Bell County deputy clerk. Carnes is charged with five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.
• 40-year-old Connie Watkins, Bell County deputy clerk. Watkins is charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.
According to the indictment, from 2009 to 2011, Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins kept tax refunds from individuals who bought vehicles outside of Kentucky and then registered them in Bell County. Additionally, Blevins, and deputy clerks Kayla Carnes and Connie Watkins, are accused of forging registration records on multiple vehicles.
The Office of the Attorney General received the case following an audit by the Kentucky State Auditor's Office, and DCI investigators arrested the employees in November.
The Bell County grand jury did not indict 55-year-old Flora Ferrell, a Bell County deputy clerk who was also arrested last month as a result of the investigation.
34th Circuit Commonwealth's Attorney Allen Trimble has been appointed as a special prosecutor for this case.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.