KCSD arrests former Barbourville business owner on Theft and fraud - now seeking more victims
From the Knox County Sheriff's Department -
The department has recently received multiple reports from area residents of having been victims of a cell phone repair business operated by 40-year-old B.J. Baker of Greenroad, Ky.
According to reports, victims would take their cell phones and other devices to Baker at a repair business operated on several locations since the beginning of 2021. These people would leave their device along with payment for repairs or parts only to never see their device or money again.
At this point, ten individuals have been identified but deputies expect the number of victims to be much larger and are currently attempting to identify as many as possible.
As a result of the investigation, Baker currently faces 10 felony counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500 Additional charges and counts are expected as the investigation continues. At approx. 4:00 PM, July 2, 2021, Baker was located by Deputy Sam Mullins and taken into custody.
He has been lodged in the Knox County Jail with a bond of $5,000 cash.
If you have been a victim of an electronic repair business operated or managed by Baker in Knox County, KY. please contact the Sheriff's Department at 606-546-3196.