2 Smith heirs sue bank over money taken from account Two checks were forged, lawsuit claims

March 05, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Relatives of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith are suing a Baltimore bank, alleging that someone forged almost $20,000 worth of checks drawn on her account.

Baltimore attorney Frederick Steinmann filed the suit this week in Howard County Circuit Court on behalf of Smith's two heirs -- Jane P. Nes and Ruth B. McClees, both of Baltimore -- against First National Bank of Maryland.

Smith died last February without a will, leaving the fate of her 300 acres in the middle of Columbia up in the air. The land is worth an estimated $8 million.

A month after Smith died, Nes and McClees were appointed the personal representatives by the Howard County Orphan's Court of Smith's personal estate, which is worth more than $6 million. The estate is in probate.

According to the suit, the checks in question -- one for $18,900, the other for $450 -- were written the day before Smith died, payable to two men, one of whom has been employed as a caretaker at the property off Route 175.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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