Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 12, 2013

Two city women sentenced for obtaining money on false pretenses

BLUEFIELD — Two Bluefield women, sisters Samantha and Elizabeth Scarberry, 21 and 20 respectively, were sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in Bluefield city jail after pleading guilty to two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses and one count of conspiracy.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on College Avenue on Oct. 29, according to Brian Cochran, Bluefield city attorney. Patrolmen J.W. Murray Jr. and K.L. Adams responded to a call from a resident claiming that the two females were going door-to-door soliciting funds for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program.

When Murray confronted the two women and a toddler, they admitted to the fraud. City Judge John W. Feuchtenberger sentenced both females to 30 days each on each count of conviction and set the sentences to run concurrently.

Cochran said that the city takes these kinds of fraudulent solicitation charges seriously and said he was satisfied with the sentences that the court gave the two defendants

Also during city court on Wednesday, Feuchtenberger sentenced Shane Patrick Whittaker, 34, of Princeton to 30 days in jail for his arrest on DUI while driving on a revoked drivers license. Feuchtenberger also sentenced Joseph Inman, 28, of Bluefield to 10 days in jail on first offense DUI, according to Cochran.

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