Man on the run accused of scamming Louisville family and others
Benjamin Blevins has a criminal history that started in 1996. Local police are investigating claims of theft and identity theft against him, but he is nowhere to be found.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - From the outside looking in, Alexa Buccieri and Jay Blevins were in love. They met working together at a restaurant in Louisville.
"Everybody loved him, he was a very likeable guy, tons of friends," Buccieri said.
They started dating in 2013, and Buccieri learned quickly that Blevins was great with her two daughters.
"They came to trust him. They called him daddy. They loved him."
After dating for about two years, they learned they would be having a child of their own.
"When Isaiah was born, he was just an amazing father," Buccieri said.
But, Buccieri soon learned that appearances can be deceiving. In March, a month after Jay proposed, Buccieri says she received alarming phone calls about her fiance regarding fraud and identity theft. She says "Jay" explained it away.
"He said that he was handling it, it was no big deal. and it was going to be fine."
But about a week later, April Fool's day no less, he was gone, leaving behind their 8-month-old son.
Since then, Buccieri has learned a lot about Blevins.
"Literally everything he said to me, for the entire three years, was a lie," Buccieri said.
For instance, his name is not actually Jay Blevins. We spoke to the real Jay Blevins, who lives in east Tennessee, via Skype, who says the man Buccieri fell for is his brother, 41 year old Benjamin Blevins.
The real Jay Blevins says his brother, Benjamin Blevins, has been using his identity for years.
"He was one of my best friends. I just wanna know why he would choose to do it to his own brother," Jay Blevins said.
"He was pretty much treating my credit and my identity as a free-for-all, trying to get everything he can."
Even family members are not immune to the scam artist, who has taken out $40,000 in his brother's name.
"He's done this to so many people," Jay Blevins said. "He's hurt so many families ... he needs to be stopped."
WDRB dug up records that show Benjamin Blevins' criminal past started in North Carolina in 1996 when he was 20 years old. Over several years, according to the court documents, he racked up more than a dozen charges for writing worthless checks and forgery. Each time, he got off on probation.
But in Tennessee in 2007, he pleaded guilty to several charges of forgery and attempted money laundering. In 2009, it was time to face his sentence: three years in prison, but he never made it to the jailhouse.
"(Our parents) woke up one morning and he left a note that said, 'I can't go to jail, sorry.'" Jay Blevins said. "They said he packed everything up, left in the middle of the night, and that was it. No one knew where he went."
That was the summer of 2009, when he moved to Louisville. WDRB interviewed him in March 2015. He was the co-owner of Derby City Spirits. We visited there again in September when it was shut down for illegally making alcohol.
LMPD is investigating several complaints against him, which include three claims of theft by deception. Police say customers at Derby City Spirits claim Blevins pocketed their money, totaling around $2,300. The customers tell police they paid money to rent space that they never received.
The fourth complaint, for identity theft, shows the alleged victim claiming the suspect took out credit cards in the his name by using his social security number. The cards had several loans taken out, some for over $10,000, others over $16,000, according to the complaints.
It turns out, Benjamin Blevins still is not finished scamming Buccieri.
"He also debited my bank account for $1,500 last week, which was more than all I had left," Buccieri said.
She had dreams of spending the rest of her life with him, and it turns out she is not the only one. She's learned he scammed other women and abandoned two other children.
"He's done exactly the same thing he did to me to other families," Buccieri said. "He's apparently been conning people for about 20 years now."
And she says Benjamin Blevins is on the run again.
"I have no idea where he is. I wish I knew where he was," Buccieri said.
From logging into his email account, she believes he is out west somewhere, and she has a message for him.
"I would want him to know that I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that he gets caught. He needs to pay for the things he's done," Buccieri said. "He keeps getting to just run away and not face the things that he's done."
"He's not going to stop. he'll never stop," Jay Blevins said.
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