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Man changed in car scheme

February 11, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with impersonating an attorney and a banking official in an attempt to purchase a new car from the Union Sales Dodge dealership in Martinsburg, according to court records.

The man told a Union Sales manager that he had been awarded $2.5 million from a local hospital due to a permanent disfiguration of his arm, and that he wanted to purchase a car, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Someone claiming to be a vice-president at One Valley Bank later called Union Sales Dodge and stated there was money in the dealership's account, and that it was okay to release a new $24,000 truck to the man, according to court records.

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The dealership also received several phone calls from an attorney regarding the money, court records said.

The Union Sales manager later called the One Valley Bank official that supposedly called the dealership, and the One Valley manager said he did not know of any money being transferred to Union Dodge, court records said.

Martinsburg Police also contacted a Frederick, Md., law firm where the man's attorney supposedly worked, but there was no lawyer at the company by that name, court records said.

Police checked a phone number on a fax that was supposedly sent from the man's attorney and discovered that the phone number instead belonged to Fazoli's restaurant where the man worked, according to court records.

Brian Casanova Kilmer II, 19, 407 E. Burke St., was charged with attempt to obtain goods by false and fraudulent representation, according to court records. The charge carries a possible punishment of one to 10 years in jail, according to court records.

Kilmer was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Tuesday night on $10,000 bond, officials said.

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