Cheer squad founder charged in theft

May 18, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown woman who was convicted in 2004 for writing bad checks from a local cheerleading club's account has been charged with theft value exceeding $500 after she accepted $8,500 from a woman for a mobile home she was selling, Washington County District Court records show.

Anna Lois Miles, who founded the Hagerstown Heat All-Stars, told two people who were interested in buying the home that she had a lien on the mobile home for $8,500 and that she would accept the lien amount as the sale price of the home, according to court records.

The $8,500 was paid to Miles but she never paid the lien and never returned the money to the woman who paid it, court records said.

Miles, 36, of 1315 W. Church St., posted a $7,500 bond Thursday after the case was filed against her Wednesday, according to a Washington County Detention Center spokesman.


The woman and her father, who arranged to buy the mobile home from Miles, contacted Maryland State Police in Hagerstown on Dec. 1, 2008, regarding a theft, court records show.

The woman who paid the money for the mobile home said she responded to an ad in The Herald-Mail for a 1992 Imperial mobile home for sale. The woman contacted Miles and looked at the home at 11134 Lakeside Drive in Hagerstown, according to court records.

On Dec. 8, 2007, the woman paid Miles $8,500 for the mobile home with a check, court records show.

During the last week of December 2007, the purchaser's father went to the Lakeside Trailer Park office to give a "move notice" for the home but the park's office manager said the lien had not been paid, according to court records.

Records from the Lakeside management office state that Lakeside Associates LLC financed the purchase of a mobile home to Miles for $10,974. Before December 2007, Miles chronically failed to pay lot rent and lien payments on her mobile home, court records show.

Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare interviewed Miles' boyfriend, who said Miles cashed a $8,500 check for the mobile home at M&T Bank at Valley Mall and went shopping, said court records.

Although Miles said the lien on the home was $8,500, the lien amount owed was actually $5,048, court records show.

Conviction on the theft value exceeding $500 charge carries a possible penalty of up to 15 years in jail and/or a fine up to $25,000.

On Dec. 30, 2008, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III found Miles guilty of six gambling-related charges. She was given a suspended jail sentence, and was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Miles was charged with holding an illegal gambling event at Boonsboro Fire Co. in February 2006, to repay a parent who helped bail her out of jail the previous year, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said.

Miles, who was convicted in 2004 of writing bad checks from the Hagerstown Heat All-Stars account, used $2,000 raised at the event to pay back a woman who helped bail her out of jail in December 2005, records show.

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