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Man accused of scamming Louisville family in custody in Tennessee

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Benjamin Blevins (Image Source: Hawkins County Jail) Benjamin Blevins (Image Source: Hawkins County Jail)
Benjamin Blevins and ex-fiancee Alexa Buccieri Benjamin Blevins and ex-fiancee Alexa Buccieri

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A man accused of scamming his family and customers, has turned himself in to authorities in Tennessee.

Teddy Collingsworth, a criminal investigator with the District Attorney General's Office in Tennessee tells WDRB Benjamin Blevins was arrested Monday in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Officials with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office say Blevins immediately started serving his three year sentence upon his arrest, for a sentence he evaded in 2009. There is also an active warrant for him in Washington County, Tennessee, but authorities would not release details about charges connected with that warrant.

In April, Louisville resident Alexa Buccieri told WDRB her story about Benjamin Blevins, who she knew as "Jay" Blevins. 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," she said. 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.

However, Buccieri says she 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," she said. About a week later, on 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. In April, 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 allegedly 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 uncovered 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 received probation.

But in Tennessee in 2007, he pleaded guilty to several charges of forgery and attempted money laundering. In 2009, received a sentence of 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. WDRB visited the business again in September when it was shut down for illegally making alcohol.

LMPD is investigating several complaints against him, including three claims of theft by deception. Police say customers at Derby City Spirits claim Benjamin Blevins pocketed their money, which came to a total of 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.

She had dreams of spending the rest of her life with him, and it turns out she is not the only one. She says she 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."

"I would want him to know that I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that he gets caught," Buccieri said in April. "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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