- Posted July 18, 2009 by
san diego, Georgia
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Byrd Billings 1989 Adoption Fraud Case
Byrd Billings Adoption Fraud Case
Byrd Billings was involved in an adoption fraud case involving a fake birth certificate and $2,100 back in 1989.
Court records in Escambia County show that Byrd Billings was involved in an adoption and birth certificate fraud case back in 1989 along with Cindy Reeve Billings, Byrd Billing’s second wife.
That’s when, according to court records, a 20-year old woman, Vickie Lynn Taylor checked in to Sacred Heart Hospital under the name Cindy Reeve. She had delivered a baby at home on June 4. While in Sacred Heart, she listed the father as Byrd Billings on the birth certificate.
After the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department got wind of the incident about ten days later, they interviewed Taylor who told them she agreed to the crime for a $2,100 loan from Billings. She said that the Billingses wanted to claim the baby as their own. That baby was named Justin.
The trio did not admit guilt, but pleaded nolo contendere. That plea means they agreed to be punished without actually admitting guilt. They were sentenced to two years probation.
When Billings divorced Reeve in 1993, his net worth was just $1,400. He had total case assets of just $100 and a monthly income of $1,190. Four months after that divorce, he was married to Melanie Billings.
In 1995, Cindy Reeve Billings was ordered to pay $300 per month child support to Byrd Billings. (Click here http://www.northescambia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/billingsreevesupport.pdf
At the time of his divorce from Cindy Reeve Billings, Byrd Billings was a consultant working for a company called Back Seat, Inc. — the holding company that owned the topless bar Back Seat Lounge.
At the time of the murders, Melanie Billings and her daughter Ashley Markham owned a used car lot and he owned a company called Worldco Financial Services.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has said several times that Billing’s current and former businesses are not part of their investigation.