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QVC spree results in indictment



A shopping spree through television’s QVC has resulted in a felony indictment being returned against a Letcher County woman accused of obtaining and using a fraudulent credit card to rack up her purchases.

In a three-count indictment handed up last week to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright, the Letcher County Grand Jury charges that Cynthia Grace Riddell, 57, of Millstone, used false information to obtain a credit card issued by QVC in the name of another woman, then used the card to make purchases “in an amount of $500 or more and less than $10,000.”

Riddell, of 24 Board Branch, is charged with issuing a false statement of identity/financial condition to obtain credit card; fraudulent use of credit card, and receiving property valued at more than $500 by fraudulent use of credit card.

The grand jury, which returned the indictments after hearing testimony from Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Hurt, says the crimes occurred during a six-month period ending on May 15. All three charges are Class D felonies punishable by between one and five years and prison and fines of between $1,000 and $10,000.

Riddell is one of seven Letcher County residents named in the most recent round of felony indictments returned by the grand jury. True bills were also handed up against one man from Georgia and one man from the central Kentucky town of Nicholasville.

• David William Breaden, 22, of 126 Grapevine Court in Nicholasville, was charged with theft of a firearm after the grand jury heard from Craig D. Carter, who testified that Breaden stole an antique Model 1873 Springfield rifle belonging to Carter and his father.

The Model 1873 Springfield was the rifle employed by the U.S. Army between 1873 and 1892, and was famously used during the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the Montana territory in 1876, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. Depending on its condition, the rifle can bring between $800 and $1,600, and much more in certain circumstances.

• Trevor S. Holbrook, 39, of Dalton, Georgia was indicted on a charge of theft by deception (less than $10,000) after the grand jury heard testimony from Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb concerning allegations that Holbrook stole $2,000 that had been given to him by a Letcher County woman to purchase supplies for a construction project for which Holbrook had been hired.

According to the indictment, Holbrook was hired to drywall the home of a Letcher County woman and told her he needed a $2,000 check to buy materials necessary to perform the task. The indictment accuses Holbrook of “cashing said check and diverting the entire $2,000 to himself.”

Others indicted were:

• Oral Thomas, 56, of Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree indecent exposure.

The jury charges that Thomas, of 52 Fairway Drive, committed sexual abuse by masturbating in the presence of female less than 16 years old. The indictment says Thomas exposed himself indecently when he exposed his genitals to the same young female.

The sexual abuse charge is a Class D felony; the exposure charge is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250. The indictment charging Thomas was returned after the jury heard testimony from Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Crystal Davis.

• Charles Scott Howard III, who is charged with 12 felony counts and 4 misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and possession of a forged instrument.

The jury accuses Howard, 29, of Roxana, of illegally obtained cash ranging in amounts from $400 to $620 by endorsing and depositing into his own account eight checks drawn on another account that he “knew would not be honored.”

The 16-count indictment was returned after the grand jury heard testimony from Community Trust Bank employee Anita Browning.

• Matthew B. Hatton, 36, and Nora L. Hatton, 27, both of 86 Moonshine Drive, Whitesburg, who are charge with complicity to theft by unlawful taking (more than $500).

The Hattons are named in two separate indictments charging them in connection with the theft of a three-phase electrical sawmill motor belonging to Lawrence Taylor, who testified before the grand jury.

• Dylan Macial Rose, 20, of Neon, and James Allen Webb, 47, of Millstone, criminal complicity to receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more and being a persistent felony offender.

Rose and Webb were indicted after Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Gayheart testified before the grand jury concerning the theft of a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle belonging to Bobby Burke that was found in the possession of the two accused.

The jury also indicted Webb on a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree because Webb has already been convicted of three felony offenses he committed in 2006 and 2007.

Rose was indicted on a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree because he was convicted of committing a felony offense in 2011.



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