Last updated: March 28. 2014 11:09AM - 8475 Views
By - aholliday@civitasmedia.com



Cecil Ritchie was arrested on Thursday for scamming motorists out of money by claiming to have a sick child. (photo submitted by the Hazard Police Department)
Cecil Ritchie was arrested on Thursday for scamming motorists out of money by claiming to have a sick child. (photo submitted by the Hazard Police Department)
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HAZARD—The City of Hazard was apparently visited this week by a scam artist who conned a number of motorists on the Johnny Cox All American Drive.


According to the Hazard Police Department, officers received a call from a motorist on Thursday about a man who was standing at the end of the bypass on Kentucky Highway 15 in Hazard and asking for money for a sick child. The motorist reportedly was afraid the man was trying to scam concerned motorists.


Deputy Chief Joseph Engle and Detective Adam Baker responded to the scene and found 28-year-old Cecil Ritchie, of Sam Campbell’s Branch, holding a sign that read “sick child, need money.”


When questioned, Ritchie initially said he did, in fact, have a sick child, but further investigation revealed that the sick child did not exist. Officers found $51 on his person that he had collected from passersby.


Ritchie confessed to lying, and was charged with theft by deception under $500 and second-degree disorderly conduct. He is currently lodged at the Kentucky River Regional Jail, though no bond has been set yet.


Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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