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Harlan man arrested on several charges and under investigation for bogus doughnut sales in Bell

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

From the Harlan County Sheriff's Department -

Oscar Whitehead - HCDC

(Harlan, Ky.) – On Monday, October 21, 2019 Deputies with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Oscar Whitehead, 39, of Harlan.


Deputies were investigating a complaint on Whitehead and arrested him on two outstanding warrants. One warrant was for Failure to Appear on a Harlan County Circuit Court Case for Theft By Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree and Probation Violation. The additional warrant was for Non Payment of Fines on a Harlan County District Court Case. He was also served with a summons on an additional theft charge. After further investigation, an additional arrest warrant was obtained for Theft By Deception and was served on Tuesday the 22nd. The investigation revealed that Oscar Whitehead had gone throughout the county claiming to be selling doughnuts for a local school. He collected money from several people throughout the county, knowing that they would not receive the doughnuts. He had also been charged with two doughnut scams in Harlan County. There is an additional investigation being conducted in Bell County by Pineville Officer Michael Smith on a similar doughnut scam. The case remains under investigation by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Any additional victims are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office in Harlan at 606-573-3131 or Bell County Dispatch at 606-337-6174. Harlan County Chief Deputy Matt Cope also encourages you to contact law enforcement if you are suspicious of a solicitor.

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