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Man facing additional charges gets prison time on probation violation

August 10, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man facing charges of obtaining property of a vulnerable adult of $500 plus and theft scheme in the amount of $500 plus appeared in court Monday on a violation of probation in an unrelated bad checks case.

Daniel Meldron, 40, said he was unable to pay restitution to the Pilot Travel Center, the victim in the bad checks case, because of the publicity surrounding the vulnerable adult case.

Meldron was charged Dec. 15, 2008, after the $325,000 sale of 26 antique tractors belonging to a Boonsboro-area man who was suffering from dementia.

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.

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The charges were filed after people who knew the man contacted authorities, saying the 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.

Stories surrounding the case have appeared in the local newspaper five or six times, Meldron told Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

As a result of the bad checks and vulnerable adult cases, his license to drive a taxicab was suspended, Meldron said. Although he has put in 90 to 100 applications for other work, when potential employers find out about the pending case, they choose not to hire him, Meldron said.

Because he is without work, Meldron has been unable to pay the more than $3,000 owed in restitution to Pilot. That case was adjudicated in October 2008, and he was ordered to pay the restitution by June 12.

Boone ordered Meldron to serve one year and one day in prison for his violation of probation.

A hearing in the vulnerable adult case is scheduled for Sept. 15.

Meldron's wife, Angie Meldron, 25, was charged with obtaining property of a vulnerable adult.

In return for her agreement to testify at her husband's trial, the case against Angie Meldron was placed on the inactive docket.

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