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Woman agrees to testify against husband in property case

July 27, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A woman who, along with her husband, was charged with obtaining property of a vulnerable adult, agreed Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to testify against her husband.

Angie Meldron, 25, and her husband, Daniel Lee Meldron, both of 334 McDowell Ave., were charged Dec. 15, 2008, after the $325,000 sale of 26 antique tractors belonging to a Boonsboro-area man who was suffering from dementia.

In return for her agreement to testify at her husband's trial, the case against Angie Meldron was placed on the inactive docket, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Monday in court.

Daniel Meldron, 40, was charged with five counts of obtaining property of a vulnerable adult $500 plus, and theft scheme $500 plus. Angela Meldron was charged with obtaining property of a vulnerable adult over $500 and vulnerable adult abuse/custodian.

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The man also was deprived of the sale proceeds of a Wachovia Securities account totaling $221,274, was deprived of the sale proceeds of a JP Morgan/Chase bank account worth $85,629, was deprived of the $7,500 sale proceeds of an antique Cadillac and was deprived of the value of a 1936 Ford worth at least $5,000, court documents allege.

The charges were filed after people who knew the man contacted authorities, saying the Boonsboro man was suffering from dementia, living in unsanitary conditions and keeping warm with a cook range after his heat was turned off, according to court records.

When a Washington County Sheriff's investigator, Adult Protective Services workers and a friend of the man went to his house on April 22, 2008, the man took them to a garage behind his home where he kept the cars, Sgt. Roy Harsh said.

"When (the man) discovered that his garage was empty except for one car, he became very upset," Harsh wrote in court papers.

A hearing for Daniel Meldron is scheduled for Sept. 15 in Washington County Circuit Court.

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