Bell County Clerk Becky Blevins is scheduled to appear in Pulaski County Circuit Court today in regards to charges she obtained in Bell County, according to the Pulaski County Circuit Judge’s Office. No information was given as to the reason why she is appearing in court.
Blevins, 46, of Pineville, was arrested in November following an investigation by Attorney General Jack Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations.
Blevins was indicted by a grand jury in December for two counts of abuse of public trust less than $10,000, one count of abuse of public trust over $10,000 and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
According to the indictment, there were three instances when Blevins had a shortage of accounts for sales tax receipts, which she dealt with as her own, having failed to make the required reimbursement payments to taxpayers. The amounts that were not reimbursed include $6,392.04; $14,817.25; and $1,237. The alleged offenses occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The indictment states that on or about March 10, 2009, Blevins had in her possession a forged vehicle transfer registration for a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup purchased by Mitchell Charles from Morristown Chevrolet Buick.
Blevins had her misdemeanor charges dismissed during a preliminary hearing when Special Judge Skip Hammons said he had no choice because the evidence was from 2009-2011 and the statute of limitations of a year had passed.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.