McCreary residents sentenced in purse scheme

Eight people from McCreary County have been sentenced in a designer-handbag scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

The scheme involved stealing designer handbags and reselling them to others and online. They shipped the bags through U.S. mail to buyers in various locations, including Hawaii and California.

In 2007, Richard Lynn Williams II, 28, and Brandon Theodore Stephens, 27, broke into the Le Sportssac distribution center warehouse in McCreary County and stole at least 2,100 bags worth more than $300,000. Stephens, who had previously worked at the warehouse, and Williams were sentenced to 17 months in jail.

Stephens and Williams sold nearly 1,000 bags to other defendants, who supplied bags to others who sold them on eBay, an online auction Web site.

Other defendants in the case have been sentenced for various roles. Christy M. Baird, 27, was sentenced to 17 months. Della Mae Meadows, 60, was sentenced to 12 months. Misty Lynn Williams, 29, was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention. And Robert Wayne Dixon, 26, Sandra K. Kidd, 40, and Bonnie L. Lay, 37, were sentenced to five years of probation.