Wanted Harlan County Man Arrested in Columbus

COLUMBUS  – A man wanted for a felony Harlan County warrant, was picked up in Columbus on Thursday.

An arrest affidavit says, Justin Padgett, 24, was arrested by authorities for illegally selling a pickup to a man in Kansas.

Padgett received a loan to purchase the 2006 Dodge Pickup back in 2014, but never returned the title to the bank, says the affidavit. Padgett later admitted to selling the truck to a man in Kansas for $14,000 in May of 2015.

Bank officials reported never receiving any funds or notification of Padgett selling the vehicle to another party, says the affidavit. Padgett owes the bank a balance of $10,800, according to court records.

A complaint was filed in Harlan County Court on January 10, 2018 in the case.

Padgett is charged with felony theft by deception over $5,000, says court records.

Padgett was arrested by authorities on Thursday, according to sheriff’s reports.


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