Alabama vet student accused in horse scam released on bond

MARTIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A veterinary student from Alabama who is accused in a horse scam has been released from jail after making a first appearance today in Martin County

Fallon Blackwood was arrested earlier this month in Macon County, Alabama after Martin County deputies filed charges against her.

Blackwood is a third year vet student at Tuskegee University.

She is accused of taking two horses from a Martin County farm, telling the owners they would be companions for her horse.

The owners became suspicious after they say Blackwood first wouldn't send them pictures and then told them one of the horses had died. They now fear the horses ended up at the slaughter house.

Blackwood made her first court appearance in Williamston. A judge lowered her $10,000 bond to $5,000.

The sheriff's office says the woman posted bond this afternoon and was released from custody.

Deputies say there are reports of similar cases involving Blackwood in Georgia and Alabama.


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An Alabama veterinary student today agreed to voluntarily return to Eastern Carolina to face charges in a horse scam.

Fallon Blackwood was arrested this week in Macon County, Alabama after deputies in Martin County filed charges against the woman.

Blackwood is a third year vet student at Tuskegee University.

Jerry Cornwell owned two horses that Fallon had picked up.

"Her exact words were they're gonna be with me forever," said Cornwell. But Cornwell and others fear that the horses have ended up at the slaughterhouse.

Courtney Wexler, the riding instructor at Cornwell's farm, says Blackwood contacted her at the end of December about using Clue and Micky as companions for her own horse.

"There was no urgency, she was asking all the right questions about what kind of feed they were on, what kind of hay they were on," said Wexler.

But a few weeks after Blackwood picked up the two horses, Cornwell learned from her that Clue had died of colic.

Cornwell and Wexler thought that was too ironic and the Martin County Sheriff's Office began investigating. They have since filed charges of obtaining property by false pretense against the Alabama woman.

Deputies say there are reports of similar cases involving Blackwood in Georgia and Alabama.

"We want answers, we want justice, we want to know where these horses are," said Wexler. "Not just ours but every single one of them that have been affected by this."