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The Paper trial postponed for testing

August 23, 2000

The Paper trial postponed for testing



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for a woman charged with 18 counts of fraud in connection with a local newspaper that was started in town has been postponed so she can undergo psychological testing, Berkeley County's prosecuting attorney said Wednesday.

Craig Manford, Judith Carlberg's attorney, asked for the testing Wednesday, Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes approved Manford's request, which will move back the trial, Games-Neely said. The trial was set to begin Aug. 29.

A new trial date has not been set, although Games-Neely said she thinks the trial will be conducted before the end of the year.

Earlier this year, the state Division of Labor alleged that Carlberg and Judy Edens, president of Carlberg/Edens Publishing Co., Inc., owed 47 employees of The Paper about $343,500 in unpaid wages.

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A criminal complaint states Carlberg hired employees, entered into contracts for services that employees performed, then never paid them.

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