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Local man indicted on embezzlement charge

June 24, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Grand Jury indictment was served Tuesday on a Maugansville man charging him with embezzling more than $100,000 in funds and inventory from Antietam Health Service, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

Timothy L. Higgins, 41, of 13941 Green Mountain Drive, was charged with one count of theft scheme more than $500 in an indictment handed up by the grand jury on Friday, deputies said.

Sheriff's Department Investigator Gregory Alton said the department began investigating Higgins in July 2002 after an internal investigation performed by Antietam Health found discrepancies.

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"How it started was customers contacted Antietam Health about some bills they received," Alton said. "They had some questions about billing problems."

Alton said he could not release specifics because the investigation was ongoing.

Alton said Antietam Health purchased controlling interest in Higgins' business, Equipment Company Unlimited, in March 2002 and Higgins was retained to run the "day-to-day operations."

Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

The company, which specialized in medical supplies such as wheel chairs and stair lifts, is based at 11110 Medical Campus Road, east of Hagerstown.

Antietam Health Services is a subsidiary of Washington County Health System.

Maureen Theriault, a spokeswoman for Washington County Health System, said information about Higgins' employment status was not available late Wednesday. Theriault said Washington County Hospital President and CEO James P. Hamill did not wish to comment on the matter Wednesday evening.

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