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Former travel office manager indicted on theft charges

December 09, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

A Greencastle, Pa., woman was indicted in Washington County Circuit Court on theft charges last week in connection with an investigation that began in early 2000 after multiple customer complaints about a Hagerstown travel agency.

Rebecca Price, 30, of 32 E. Baltimore St., Apt. A, Greencastle, allegedly stole thousands of dollars in 1999 and 2000 from Washington County residents who were customers of CW Travel Inc., according to papers filed Dec. 2 in Washington County Circuit Court.

Price, who also uses the name Rebecca Eileen Calimer, was served with her charges Friday. She was released the same day on personal recognizance by Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone, according to court documents.

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Price is charged with one count of felony theft scheme and continuing course of conduct from Jan. 1, 1999, through Feb. 1, 2000. She also is charged with five counts of felony theft.

She allegedly stole $10,300 through checks from Enjoy Growing Older Inc., which is affiliated with City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., between June 16 and 25, 1999, and another $13,192 from four individuals in cash and checks that ranged from $1,000 to $6,000 per victim between August and December 1999.

Price could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine for each of the six charges.

Price, reached by phone Monday, said she was the office manager of CW Travel at the time the investigation began. She said the money discussed in the indictment was money given to her in the form of cash or checks that was used to pay off other customers owed money by CW Travel, which was having financial problems.

"It's gonna take time to find out where the funds went. ... It's all explainable," Price said. "I just want this to get resolved, and it will get resolved."

Hagerstown Police and the Maryland Attorney General's Office began investigating complaints about CW Travel in February 2000.

At the time the investigation began, dozens of customers complained about thousands of dollars that disappeared after dealing with the East Washington Street business. CW Travel closed in late 1999 or early 2000.

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