Man must pay $5,000 in insurance scamHAGERSTOWN -- The...

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August 07, 1994

HAGERSTOWN — Man must pay $5,000 in insurance scam

HAGERSTOWN -- The husband of a woman convicted of insurance fraud earlier this year has been ordered to pay $5,000 to Colonial Insurance Co. for his role in a scam to collect insurance money.

Claude Boyer Mullenix, 42, of Hagerstown had been facing charges of conspiracy to commit theft and felony theft, but those charges were placed on an inactive docket Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. He was ordered to pay the $5,000 under a plea agreement.

The defendant's wife, Melinda Hope Mullenix, 41, appeared before Judge John H. McDowell on June 9 and admitted bilking her former employer out of $33,000 in fraudulent claims. She is to be sentenced Tuesday.

As a claims adjuster for Colonial, Ms. Mullenix fraudulently altered claims between December 1990 and June 1993 by adding the names of family members and friends to accident reports, saying they were injured passengers in wrecks.

Woman given probation for credit card fraud

HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN -- A former Citicorp employee who went on a spending spree with a stolen credit card has been placed on three years' probation.

Dana Marie Morgan, 31, of Falling Waters, W. Va., was given an 18-month suspended sentence Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court for illegally accessing a computer.

As a Citicorp customer service representative, Ms. Morgan got access to a real credit card holder's computer file and altered the name and address to her own, police reports said. She made 15 purchases totaling $1,155 from January to March 1993.

Man accused of killing wife gets retrial delayed

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- A Frederick County Circuit Court judge has granted a five-month postponement for the retrial of William Robert Fagan Sr., who is accused of murder in the 1992 death of his estranged wife.

His second trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 12 but was postponed when Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. granted the defense motion to postpone the trial until Feb. 7.

Mr. Fagan's first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Mr. Fagan, 38, has been held without bail since his arrest in November 1992. He is accused of shooting his 30-year-old wife, Deborah Patricia Fagan.

The continuance, issued this week, was granted to allow Philip H. Armstrong to rejoin the defense team. Mr. Armstrong and Matthew W. Black Jr. represented Mr. Fagan during his first trial.

26 test positive in mass TB screening

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- As the largest area tuberculosis screening in recent history continues, Frederick County health officials say 26 people have had positive reactions to the TB skin test so far. Six more positive results were reported Wednesday, but health officials said none of the six had symptoms that would make them contagious.

Dr. James Bowes, county health officer, said chest X-rays will be conducted on those who tested positive to determine if they have the disease.

The screening was launched after a June 8 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School was diagnosed with the disease last month. The screening focused on students, staff and volunteers at the high school and at an affiliated middle school.

The free tests were also available to anyone else who wanted them, officials said. They said about 1,600 people had received the tests since the screening began in late July.

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