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Man gets probation for fake ID

February 22, 2000

A 19-year-old Hagerstown resident who tried to purchase liquor last December with an altered Maryland driver's license got probation before judgment Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Joseph Dill, of 11916 Phylane Drive, pleaded guilty to being a minor in possession of a fraudulent identification - a charge with a maximum penalty of a $500 fine.

Judge Ralph France granted Dill probation and ordered him to perform 60 hours of community service while on probation for eight months.

According to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Mark Thomas, Dill entered The Liquor Locker at 1740 Dual Highway and presented a Maryland driver's license that showed his date of birth as 1978.

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The clerk found discrepancies on the license and, suspecting that the license had been altered, called Hagerstown City Police.

Both Thomas and France looked at the license and noted that it was "well done."

Dill said he got it at college.

"I'm sorry," Dill said. "I've waited 19 years. ... I can wait two more years."

Defense attorney Robert Voss told France that Dill is a South Hagerstown High School graduate and a freshman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a 3.0 average.

- Marlo Barnhart

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