Bakersville Woman Arrested for Forgery and Obtaining Property

Karen Buchanan, age 61, of 92 Buchanan Drive, Bakersville, NC
Karen Buchanan, age 61, of 92 Buchanan Drive, Bakersville, NC

MITCHELL COUNTY — A Bakersville woman is arrested and accused of forgery and obtaining property under false pretense.

Karen Bowman Buchanan, age 61, of 92 Buchanan Drive, Bakersville, NC was arrested on June 28, 2016 and charged with:

  • 5 Counts Felony Forgery of Endorsement
  • 5 Counts Felony Uttering Forged Endorsement
  • 5 Counts Felony Obtain Property False Pretense

Buchanan is being held in the Madison County Jail under a $100,000.00 secure bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 11, 2016.

J. Sparks of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office was the charging officer.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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  1. This is a case of Good people doing the Wrong thing. It’s really sad, Karen is a Good person. Please don’t judge her,Pray for her instead. Isn’t it a lot easier to build someone up than kick them when they are down?

  2. Karen is a wonderful person that’s just been pushed aside most of her life,I can’t imagine her doing this simply because she is afraid to drive the speed limit,I could run a red light &it would scare her to death that I’d broken the law,but I can’t imagine Mr.Woody putting her in jail I can see him coming to her&saying you have this much time to pay me back or I will have charges on you.This is something that can be done legally signed by both parties now that’s what I would’ve thought &I’ve known Mr.Woody over 20yrs.But Karen had saw his daughter do things like this to him & he would fuss a little &let it go until next time.Karen is very sorry&if she could change things she would. People please please get the facts&the truth before you start bashing Karen and accussing her close friends of being in on it because people words are dangerous &if I could do this to someone &it not be against the law I’d been the first to do it my mother loved him&stood by him&put up with his troubled & spiteful daughter for over 20yrs.So sorry but no sympathy from me & many others.

  3. Yes Sandie I agree. I guess the daughter is afraid that will take away from her. It’s common knowledge that her Daddy is the one that pays her bills and whatever else she needs. Karma will be around the corner for the people who judge others.

    • I just saw your reply Thanks & it’s the truth isn’t it but people know who is good at heart&who will have your back always&im sorry but by God it wasn’t them

      • Sandie Boyd, I don’t agree with you after all. It took me a couple of weeks to figure you out and now I know what kind of person you really are. You are just plain evil. To Ms.Woody I apologize for the things that I wrote,it was completely none of my business. Ms.Boyd has alot to say about things going on in our end of the county and always makes herself out to be completely innocent, when in fact most of us knows that she is a hypocrite. And she can never speak to anyone other than text messages. She needs Jesus.

  4. Well Karen is home safe and sound. Thank God. Some people shouldn’t try to act so innocent. Karen has gotten things straightened out, so there should be no more conversation about this. God Bless .

  5. No Ms.Sandie I was COMPLETELY WRONG to write that and I asked Delaney to apologize to her for me. That was none of my business. I shouldn’t have got caught up in your childish behavior. I’m ashamed of writing that post. She probably didn’t even post on here what you said she did.May the Lord help you with your anger and hatefulness.

  6. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Sandi Boyd (Johnson) posted her opinion here regarding the arrest of Karen Bowman Buchanan. She has never posted a retraction, correcting the”false facts” she posted. I have been waiting for an apology for her accusations & misinformation. Seeing that she has the spelling ability of a second grader, I assume she doesn’t know how to check the facts. I will set it straight for her.

    The bank is responsible for cashing checks that have not been signed by the account owner, thus they are required to reimburse the account holder’s funds. To recoup their loss, the bank contacts the Sheriff’s Dept. No one can take felony warrants for another individual. It has to be law enforcement. If Sandi Boyd had checked her FACTS (as she pleads others to do) she would have known she was posting a falsehood. For Sandi, falsehood= lie.

    To set the record straight, Karen shared that Sandi is the person who came up with the idea to steal a checkbook so she would have money to support her drug habit. No news here. Everyone who knows her or has ever heard of her knows she has a serious drug problem, which is sad. She should seek help. She drove Karen to Delaney Woody’s house in the middle of the night to steal one of several checkbooks out of his truck. The saddest part of this situation is that Karen had to take all the blame. Sandi would not take responsibility for the money/drugs she received from the thefts. Her excuse was that her sister works at the Mitchell County Court House & she couldn’t be in the public eye. Who cares? Stand up for your “friend” & take the blame for your part & help her reimburse the bank.

    Karen, nor anyone for that matter, has ever seen me do “things like this” to anyone, much less my Dad. I am sure Karen will affirm this if asked. Another “falsehood” (lie) posted by Sandi. Search the court records. I’ve never been arrested for or even accused of forgery. Luckily, I always had ample income from my business to support myself & my family.

    Linda D. (Butch) Woody was an absolutely wonderful person, the type that you wish you knew more of. She had a soft heart, but also lots of common and stern sense to go with it. She would be so ashamed of Sandi if she had been here to read her post. I am thankful she isn’t. It would break her heart.

    The only person Butch ever “put up” with was her troubled daughter, Sandi. And, she did it out of love. The love of a mother. She purchased Sandi’s home, paid her utilities, health insurance, & groceries, & gave her a lot of cash every month. I know because I used to go over the expenses with her, especially when she was trying to figure out where all the money was going. During the last four years of her life, I spent more time with her than Sandi. She was a wonderful mother. Butch’s other daughter, Renee Gouge was very dedicated to her mother all her life. She more than made up for Sandi’s absence, especially during the difficult years. And, I never heard her complain. She did it out of love. The love of a daughter.

    When one has an addiction, that is their “love”. It’s the first thing they think of when they wake up. They spend their day looking for ways to feed their habit. I am familiar with addiction. I was once an alcoholic & have family members who have struggled with addiction. Butch stood by me steadfast & helped me in every possible way she could. Addiction seems to have become the “norm” for our society. Pray for these people. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

    I would hope that anyone who may ever read the comments in this section will stop to think about how their perception of what goes on in other people’s life could be the exact opposite of what is the truth. And, when they repeat their “assumptions” to others, it causes damages. The Bible states: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. I’ve always said It’s best if one sweeps off their own doorstep before going over to sweep their neighbor’s. Read your Bible and uplift your neighbors. We all need prayer, or at least I know I do and I greatly appreciate anyone who prays for me.

    As for Karen, she is such a sweet person. She has problems like everyone else. She is dealing with her life. Everyone else should deal with their own lives & quit finding out what is going on with their neighbors. Karen does not have the personality or gumption to do something like this without lots of pushing and prodding. Pray for her, that she is able to repay the funds without any undue hardship. She did not spend all the money on herself. She shared it with Sandi, who shared it with her two live-in housemates. Both addicts. One has since passed away. The other has been in prison since this happened. They all need our prayers.

    Lift up your family & neighbors. Remember that every judgment you make about another person will eventually be made about you, regardless of what the truth is. Treat others as you would like to be treated. This is the best anyone can do. As Butch used to say when any was wronged by another, “Kill them with kindness.” Great advice!

  7. Cindy,you hit the nail on the head!!! I feel sorry for Karen. She was sucked in by trash. Thank You for speaking the God fearing TRUTH!!!

  8. Thanks Pam. I am surprised that you read it. I really didn’t think anyone would ever see it. I just wanted to state the facts about Karen, and Sandi, for that matter. Life is hard & everyone has problems of some sort. God knows I’ve had my share – most of which were brought on by myself. Age changes most people. They begin to realize what is really important in life, like family, and most of all children. All I know to do is hold my head up and try my best to live every day better than the day before. It’s important to be good to people. One never knows when they may need someone they have kicked when they were down. As the old saying goes, “What goes around comes around.” 🙂

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