The Bell County Grand Jury has indicted a Pineville woman who allegedly lied to receive over $26,000 in benefits. Valerie J. Collett, 47, was indicted for false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100, a Class D felony.
According to the indictment, Collett was indicted for “knowingly and unlawfully making false statements or misrepresentation by other means and failing to disclose a material fact used in determining the defendant’s qualification to receive benefits under any assistance program.”
Collett allegedly received $26,079.53 in benefits that she was not legally entitled to. The indictment states the acts took place between October 2006 to April 2012.
In other court news, the grand jury indicted Jessica P. Venable, 24, of Pineville, on the charge of uttering false/forged prescription and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
According to the indictment, Venable called Family Discount Drug from her cell phone and identified herself as an employee from Dr. Omar’s office. During the call, she requested a prescription for Xanax and then attempted to pick it up.
The alleged act occurred in April. The investigating officers included Middlesboro Police Officers Edward Dray, Jeremiah Johnson and Lt. Tom Busic.
Other indictments and charges include:
• Robby J. Johnson, 31, of Loyall, theft of identity of another without consent, first-degree robbery and for being a persistent felony offender;
• Anthony Wayne Flanary, 33, of Middlesboro, first-degree wanton endangerment, operating an ATV on a roadway, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and first-degree fleeing or evading police;
• Christopher D. North, 35, of Pineville, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
• Wendy Patterson Barnett, 40, of Pineville, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
• Jerry Ray Marcum Jr., 37, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
• Michael S. Reynolds, 34, of Hulen, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and for being a persistent felony offender;
• Jimmy Dale Collett, 60, of Arjay, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and for being a persistent felony offender;
• Larry D. Marlow, 29, of Middlesboro, first-degree possession of a controlled substance;
• David Hoskins, 26, of Kettle Island, receiving stolen property under $10,000 and for being a persistent felony offender;
• James E. Lewis, 32, of Fourmile, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, careless driving, controlled substance prescription not in original container, first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and failure to wear a seat belt;
• Ashley Brown, 24, of Middlesboro, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree burglary;
• Sabrina D. Cheatham, 41, of Middlesboro, theft by unlawful taking over $500.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.