Woman pleads guilty to drug fraud

Sep 5.—A woman arrested Aug. 2 for prescription fraud and trafficking in Oxycodone skipped a hearing in Cumberland County General Court, presented evidence against her to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in Criminal Court just two weeks later.

Maggie Louise Bellflower, 35, address unavailable, is one of eight people to plead guilty to information in Criminal Court on August 19.

In Bellflower’s case, she was charged Aug. 2 with possession of Oxycodone for sale and/or delivery, prescription fraud, impersonating a licensed professional and attempting to obtain Oxycodone by fraud.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies Kobe Cox and Nate Lewis were dispatched to an address off W. Creston Rd. after receiving a tip that elder abuse may be in the form of someone taking medication for the elderly.

Deputies were then dispatched to the Red Roof Inn where they made contact with Bellflower’s mother and later, Bellflower. During questioning, Bellflower admitted to taking her mother’s medication and, on one occasion, calling a local pharmacy pretending to be a doctor to pick up prescription pills.

He also admitted to faxing the same pharmacy on another occasion, ordering Oxycodone refills. He told deputies he was selling the drug.

During the investigation, deputies learned Bellflower is wanted by authorities in another state on an unknown charge with bail set at $300,000.

On August 19, Bellflower appeared in Criminal Court with her court-appointed public defender and pleaded guilty to information charging obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and received a two-year prison sentence to serve 30% as a felon of category 1.

The fine and court costs were waived, and Bellflower was expected to waive extradition to face the out-of-state charges.

Elsewhere in the bulletin, the following claims with information were entered:

—Rhoda Adams Burgess, 62, charged with theft of property over $10,000, pleaded guilty to information on the charge and received a six-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation after qualifying for court diversion. Burgess will pay $11,000 in restitution to Dr. Jill Wallner. The charge stems from the theft of money from a credit/debit card and online banking account after a disturbance caused by a rejection, according to an arrest report filed on November 30, 2020. The date of the offense was listed as January 10, 2020.

—Matthew Wayne Gates, 29, pleaded guilty to information on two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary, theft of property between $1,000 and $2,500 and vandalism. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between October 17, 2020 and July 20, 2022.

Gates received a total of four years to serve in prison at 30% as a Range 1 offender and is credited with 183 days already served. Gates will also pay $2,015 in restitution and is prohibited from contacting the victims.

The burglary cases involved break-ins at D&J Stone Co. and Silvera Stone Co.

—Jonny Dexter Ray Key, 48, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with theft of property over $1,000 and received a two-year sentence to serve 30% as a Range 1 offender. The sentence is to be served concurrently with unrelated sentences in Fentress and Putnam counties; The charge stems from possession of a crashed Dodge truck that was reported stolen on June 27, 2020.

— Kevin Lynn Keyes, 54, pleaded guilty to information charging possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for sale and delivery and was sentenced to eight years in prison with one year suspended and the remainder on supervised probation, concurrent with a probation violation sentence at the General Court. The charge stems from a tentative investigation on Plateau Rd. residence on June 10.

—James David Matthews, 33, pleaded guilty to an information charging possession of an intoxicant with intent and received a seven-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation with a fine and waiver of court costs. The penalty will be assessed at 75% if the suspension is breached. The charge stems from a July 15 arrest by sheriff’s deputies.

—Christopher Brian Noe, 50, pleaded guilty to information charging possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for sale and received an eight-year sentence with credit for 86 days already served and the balance on supervised probation. The charge stems from a June 20, 2019, arrest by Crossville Police.

—Donnie Ray Smith, 39, pleaded guilty to information charging him with introducing contraband into a correctional facility and was sentenced to four years in prison to serve 30% as a Class 1 offender. The charge stems from a May 19 incident, when Smith was taken to jail to serve a prison sentence and was found in possession of morphine during a search. Smith filed for prison terms in Drug and Treatment Court.

Michael Moser can be reached at mmoser@crossville-chronicle.com

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