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Man pleads guilty to uttering charge

April 10, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 28-year-old Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to uttering a false document in connection with drawing money from the county's Arts Council bank account.

Russell E. Hann, whose last known address was 814 S. Potomac St., was sentenced to three years in prison by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III after he entered the plea. Wright sentenced him to serve a consecutive 18-month prison sentence for violation of probation.

Wright said sentencing guidelines for Hann suggested a sentence of three to seven years in prison for the uttering conviction.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Hann had six previous convictions for theft, drugs and bad checks. He had been on probation at the time of the offense with a suspended 18-month sentence, she said.

On Oct. 21, Washington County Arts Council Executive Director Kevin Moriarty called Labor Ready to report that arts council checks made out to Hann, then a Labor Ready employee, were drawn from the Arts Council's account, charging documents state.

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A Labor Ready employee, Kylie Keefauver, called the Hagerstown Police Department after speaking with Moriarty, documents state. One of the checks was signed with her name, but she did not sign it, documents state.

Moriarty told police that he called Labor Ready after finding out from the bank that one of their accounts was overdrawn, which he found odd because that account was rarely used, police said in charging documents. He was told that there were four checks made out to Hann from the account, charging documents state. Hann had worked for Labor Ready moving boxes at the Arts Council on Oct. 11 and Moriarty reported that "some checks were in the items that were being moved," court documents state.

One check drawn from the account to which Hann pleaded guilty was for writing a $125 check, signed "K. Marty" at Byers Stop-N-Go, Pauler said.

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