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Man arraigned on drug charge in connection with trading prescription medication for secretarial services

November 07, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man is accused of bartering prescription medication for secretarial services, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

George H. Van Wagner, 59, of 56 Majestic Court, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Van Wagner was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on a $100,000 bond, according to court and jail records.

He is accused of providing three valium tablets to a confidential informant Tuesday in exchange for yet to be provided secretarial services, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker.

Prior to receiving the valium pills Tuesday at Van Wagner’s home, the informant told police that Van Wagner provided him with about 30 prescription pills a month in exchange for his services over a 12-month period, according to court documents.

Van Wagner was indicted in May by a Berkeley County grand jury on felony embezzlement and fraudulent schemes charges, which are still pending, according to court records.

In that case, Van Wagner is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a land development company that he and a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy had owned, according to court documents.

Van Wagner, while acting as an agent of Topaz LLC, is accused of stealing the money from the company, a venture that he and sheriff’s deputy Steven A. Crites formed in 2006, according to the indictment and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.

Crites, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this year, was indicted in April 2012 in federal district court on bank fraud charges, which are tied to Topaz LLC and other business partnerships, according to court documents.

Crites has pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment, which is pending against him in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 15, according to court documents.

Aside from the embezzlement charges, Van Wagner also is accused of taking more than $46,000 in rent from four individuals while claiming he was entitled to collect the money from them.

In an interview in March 2011, Crites told The Herald-Mail he had trusted Van Wagner, despite his business partner’s drug-related convictions and association with former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry.

Van Wagner in a separate interview with The Herald-Mail last year did not deny being sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his involvement in a drug ring that reportedly brought hundreds of pounds of cocaine to the Washington area, but then insisted “the past is the past.”

Van Wagner maintained that he was “a straight shooter” in his dealings with Crites and did nothing wrong. He also claimed his embezzlement case was not fully investigated by the police.

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