Grand jury indicts Bell County clerk, two deputy clerks

bestep@herald-leader.comDecember 11, 2013 

Rebecca Blevins, top left; Kayla Carnes, top right; Flora Ferrell, bottom left; and Connie Watkins, bottom right.

A grand jury indicted Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins and two deputy clerks on Wednesday, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

The grand jury charged Blevins, 45, with two counts of abuse of the public trust involving less than $10,000; one count of abuse of the public trust over $10,000; and one count of possession of a forged instrument.

The panel charged Kayla Carnes, 23, with five counts of possession of a forged instrument and Connie Watkins, 40, with one count of possession of a forged instrument. Those charges relate to alleged forged vehicle titles.

The indictment accuses Blevins of keeping tax refunds between 2009 and 2011 from people who bought vehicles outside the state and then registered them in Bell County, according to Conway's office.

The grand jury declined to indict Flora Ferrell, a former deputy clerk who was originally charged with Blevins, Conway's office said.

Conway's office investigated Blevins after Auditor Adam Edelen's office identified financial irregularities in her office. Blevins has disputed any wrongdoing.

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