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Community service ordered for defendant

January 15, 1998

A clean criminal record and the repayment of the $8,000 he stole from his former employer resulted in 200 hours of community service Tuesday for a Hagerstown man.

Scott Alan Stotelmyer, 19, of 9423 Garis Shop Road, appeared in Washington County District Court and was placed in the Diversions program, which prevents first offenders from having criminal records if they follow the program's contract requirements.

Stotelmyer originally was charged with felony theft, forgery and conducting a scheme in connection with the theft of $8,000 from the bank where he formerly was employed.

According to Hagerstown City Police reports, Stotelmyer was an employee at the F&M Bank branch at 940 Frederick St. in July when a customer reported money missing from his money market account.

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An internal investigation turned up altered deposit tickets and withdrawal slips that Stotelmyer handled at the Frederick Street branch between May 8 and July 15, police reports alleged.

When interviewed by Detective Mark Renner, Stotelmyer admitted altering the slips and stealing $8,000, using the money to put a down payment on a car and to pay bills, police reports said.

Charges include four counts each of felony theft and forgery, and one count of theft by scheme. Stotelmyer was not in custody.

Officials of the F&M Bank were consulted about the Diversions program and agreed with the plan, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

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