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Suspect in eBay scam found not guilty, another dismissed

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Bowling Green woman was recently found not guilty of allegations that she sold stolen collectibles on eBay.

On Feb. 27, 2008, a report from a woman, whose storage facility was broken into earlier in the month, alleged that Anita Godfrey was possibly selling her Longaberger baskets and other collectibles on the eBay website.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered more than 100 Longaberger baskets valued at wholesale prices between $5,000-$10,000, several boxes of various types of unique sports memorabilia believed to be from a burglary reported more than two years ago and various other items and collectibles.

Godfrey was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of stolen property and later formally charged with class D felony charge of receiving stolen property.

In March 2008, Brian Godfrey was arrested and formally arraigned on a class D felony receiving stolen property charged for his involvement with the alleged stolen property.

Although there was a large amount of evidence collected during the investigation, much of it was ruled inadmissible by the court because owners of the items in question said they were only "similar" to their stolen property.

The State of Indiana's motion to dismiss the case against Brian Godfrey was accepted by Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers on Jan. 14, 2008. However, Brian Godfrey has two separate unrelated cases awaiting further proceedings at this time.

On Jan. 26-29, a jury trial was held in the case against Anita Godfrey in Clay Superior Court.

During the proceedings, defense attorney Laura Paul filed a motion with the court about evidence collected in the case. The motion raised several questions, including (1) whether the person claiming ownership of the property could actually identify their legal property due to the nature of it being mass produced and (2) that no evidence was presented in court that proved whether Anita knew the merchandise was stolen or not.

The jury agreed and entered a not guilty verdict in the case.


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I do not know where the Brazil Times got their information from but I know for a fact that

Brian Godfrey does not have 2 pending cases. So either the Brazil Times is mistaken or outright lieing to boost their sales. Either way, I believe they ought to check into this further and retract their mistake.

Justice did prevail in this case!

-- Posted by gman7799 on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 1:48 PM

gman7799

You either are clueless about the nature of you friends court appearances, trying to make yourself look like you kow what's going on or you oblivious to how the REAL WORLD WORKS. There's this little thing on the web where you type in someones name and get their criminal history (we have it where I live) and your buddy shows up on your local service with two outstanding cases.

GODFREY, BRIAN: DEFENDANT

Civil 11D01-0801-SC-00022 Open 01/08/2008

Criminal 11D01-0708-FB-00307 Open 08/03/2007

If anyone is fibbing, Id say it was you!!

-- Posted by excaliber on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 10:57 AM

Type in Mr. Godfrey's name on this website and you can pull up all sorts of public records info, and if you search the web (remember it is a big place with lots of information) some state records website shows that he has two pending cases, #1 criminal, #2 civil.

I'm not paying to read the information, but if you're friends with this guy, maybe you should.

I guess the one good thing about this website lately, is if someone yells TRIPE there will be another person come along and do a little detective work to prove them wrong.

Shame the comments are being shut off. I understand that the paper can't let people get off topic, rude and especially enter into areas where libel could become a problem.

But it would be nice for outside visitors from around the world to look and see that there are those among our community not behaving that way and can formulate intelligent comments.

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 2:43 PM

Good post Cy! The truth is Mr. & Mrs. Godfrey are both bottom feeders and use the legal system to "get out of trouble", not to right a wrong. If half the stuff they have done to others were done to them maybe that would change.

Shame on the both of them for what they've put her family through!

-- Posted by AMAZING on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 4:09 AM


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