By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
MADISON COUNTY —
A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea woman accused of collecting donations for a missing Madison County teen’s funeral and then keeping the money for herself.
Amanda N. Griffey, 21, was indicted Wednesday on charges of theft of identity and two counts of theft by deception (under $500).
The theft of identity charge is a felony that carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison. The theft by deception charges are misdemeanors that are punishable by up to 12 months in jail.
Berea police began investigating Aug. 26 after they received a report that someone was soliciting donations for Brookelyn Farthing’s family, according to the police report.
Farthing, 18, of the Red Lick/Big Hill area, was reported missing June 22. She was last seen at a home in southeastern Madison County.
Berea police say Griffey, who identified herself as a representative of a local church, collected $10 each from two people before being stopped by officers on North Broadway.
The officers also reported Griffey had previously gotten $20 from another person after telling the same story. She gave that person another name and signed a receipt with another person’s name, according to the BPD.
Griffey admitted she was not collecting money for Farthing’s family, and she also was not with a church, the report stated.
In a separate misdemeanor indictment issued Wednesday, Griffey was charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception (both under $500).
In that incident, Griffey is accused of stealing 124 video games from another person’s home in July and selling them for $353 to a Berea store.
Griffey was released on bond Sept. 16 from the Madison County Detention Center.
• Nathan A. Hisle, 19, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and cultivation of marijuana, less than five plants
• James A. Newman, 26, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20) and tampering with physical evidence
• William R. Owen, 33, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offender
• Whitney Berryman, 24, first-degree bail jumping
• Jeffrey S. Marcum, 39, third-degree burglary and second-degree persistent felony offender
• Keisha Gibson, 30, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin)
• Tiffany M. Davidson, 22, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia
• Brian Keith Stamper, 36, flagrant nonsupport
• Sammy J. Ratliff, 21, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree persistent felony offender
• Carnell D. Hart, 24, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin)
• Stormy D. Isaacs, 22, tampering with physical evidence
• Simeon T. Mullins, 23, first-degree burglary, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, fourth-degree assault, terroristic threatening, first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree persistent felony offender.
• John A. Buttry, 40.
Grand jury indictments are not a finding of guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.
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