Potential For Settlement Postpones Shaw Trial

November 21, 1990|By Maria Archangelo | Maria Archangelo,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER - The theft trial of former Carroll County Board of Realtors president Marshall "Mac" Shaw was postponed at the last minute Monday after both sides agreed to try to work out a settlement.

Donegal officials would not disclose the reasons for the possible settlement. Shaw declined to comment Tuesday.

Shaw -- owner of the Shaw Real Estate and Insurance Agency -- was charged Feb. 28 with felony theft over $300 from the Donegal Mutual Insurance Co. in Marietta, Pa.

Felony theft carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a $1,000 fine or both.

Shaw pleaded not guilty to the charges at a preliminary hearing in Carroll District Court in March.

Court records show Shaw acted as an agent for the insurance company, collecting payments and turning them over to the Pennsylvania company.

The charges filed by Westminster City Police say that between Feb. 1, 1987 and April 30, 1989, Shaw kept $16,000 meant for the insurance company.

Shaw originally was scheduled to face those charges Sept. 4, but the case was postponed and transferred to Carroll Circuit Court when he asked for a jury trial.

That trial was supposed to begin Monday before Circuit Judge Luke K.

Burns Jr., but was postponed again when Shaw and Westminster City Police Lt. Dean Brewer announced that a deal may be worked out next week.

Brewer told Burns that Donegal Insurance and Shaw have agreed to meet in Pennsylvania Wednesday to work out a settlement. Brewer and Carroll Senior Assistant State's Attorney Edward Ulsch are expected to attend the meeting.

Court records show that civil cases also have been filed against Shaw charging that he kept rental payments meant for clients while he managed their properties.

In one such case, retired Circuit Judge Donald J. Gilmore awarded former Westminster residents Omar and Dolores Vasquez $20,250 in compensatory and punitive damages.

In addition to the Vasquez case, two District Court liens have been filed against Shaw's office, along with one federal tax lien, court records show.

On the same day Shaw was charged with the insurance theft, he was in court to face charges that he kept a $3,400 security deposit he had collected for a client.

Carroll County District Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Shaw to one year of unsupervised probation before judgment.

If Shaw successfully completes the probation without a problem, such as another conviction, his record would remain clean and would not list a guilty verdict in that case.

Court records show that Shaw made full restitution to the former client.

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