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Attorney enters plea in fraud case

July 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An attorney charged last month in a 112-count federal indictment with defrauding the state by submitting false vouchers to Public Defender Services entered a not guilty plea Monday during an arraignment hearing.

Heidi J. Silver Myers, 29, of 1314 W. King St., was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond set by U.S. Magistrate judge David J. Joel, who set a trial date of Aug. 28.

Myers' lead defense counsel, William B. Moffitt, entered the not guilty plea on behalf of his client and requested a jury trial.

Myers and her office manager, Nancy P. Burkhart, 48, of Martinsburg, both are charged with one count of conspiracy, 99 counts of mail fraud and 12 counts of wire fraud.

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Myers owns Myers Law Group in Martinsburg. She and Burkhart are accused of conspiring to submit vouchers to Public Defender Services for court-appointed work that Myers allegedly did not perform. Other vouchers falsely billed the agency at the $45-per-hour rate for attorney time when the work was performed by paralegals or other employees of the law firm, according to the indictment.

The women allegedly conducted the voucher scheme from July 2004 to July 6, 2006, according to records.

Between Jan. 24, 2005, and March 21, 2006, Public Defender Services paid vouchers totaling $274,580.38, according to the indictment.

If convicted of all charges, Myers and Burkhart each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count. Each fraud count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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