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Former W.Va. state trooper enters guilty plea to mail fraud

December 16, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who also has worked as a West Virginia State Police sergeant in Jefferson County pleaded guilty Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court to one count of an indictment charging him with mail fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston and a former state police official.

David Delbert Forman, 37, of 3527 Greensburg Road, made a false insurance claim that his automobile was hit by a deer, Johnston said. In fact, Forman's automobile was damaged when he purchased it, Johnston said in a press release.

Forman's false claim caused an insurance company to mail a check to him for $4,867.51, Johnston said.

Forman, who currently is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, Johnston said.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Johnston said.

Forman worked as a sergeant in the Jefferson County barrack of the state police, former 1st Sgt. Deke Walker said.

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Walker said he was Forman's supervisor at the Jefferson County barrack.

Forman also worked as the detachment commander in the Berkeley County barrack of the state police and worked as a trooper in the area, Walker said.

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