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Woman pleads to bad-check charge

August 02, 1999

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday to cashing a stolen check for $1,200, using his inmate name card from the Maryland Division of Correction for identification.

Shawn David Cromer was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright to 10 years in prison, with all but five years suspended.

The new sentence will be served concurrently with a four-year sentence imposed in May 1998 for violation of probation, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.

Cromer, 32, is serving his sentences at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md.

In exchange for his guilty plea to one count of uttering, a felony theft charge was dismissed.

Rozes said Cromer had been visiting with a Randolph Avenue man when he asked to use the telephone and spotted the man's checkbook.

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Cromer wrote out a $1,200 check for cash to himself and presented it at the Hagerstown Trust Co., Rozes said. It was there he used his inmate card for identification, Rozes said.

Rozes said the victim learned of the theft, closed the account and got starter checks for another account. But Cromer broke into the man's home and stole the starter checks and wrote another check, Rozes said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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