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Bondsman pleads no contest to receiving/transferring stolen property

November 03, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A bondsman on Monday entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of receiving/transferring stolen property, which stemmed from the theft of farm equipment from Tractor Supply Co. in Hagerstown in June 2009.

James Van Fillinger, 42, of Engle Switch Road in Jefferson County, was fined $100 and ordered to pay court cost as part of a plea agreement, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Fillinger had been charged with two felony counts -- conspiracy and receiving stolen property -- after one of two men charged in the theft told police that the bondsman who arranged for his release from jail had them steal the equipment instead of pay the bail money, according to court records.

Two Farm Force brush hogs and a Farm Force scraper blade were reported stolen from Tractor Supply at 1701 Massey Blvd., according to a complaint by a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy.

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Fillinger's authorization to provide bonding services for the 23rd Judicial Circuit was renewed earlier this year for a three-year term, according to a petition order filed in Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine's office.

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