|Northwood residents face more charges for compensation fraud|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:30|
Two Northwood residents were further indicted April 17 on additional and more serious charges of worker's compensation fraud.
Frederick V. Diebert, 57, and Michelle Skaggs, 37, both of the same George Street address in Northwood, are co-defendants in the new charges.
According to the indictments handed up, the duo are alleged to have stolen more than $150,000 fraudulently from the government program. As indicted, their charges are third degree felonies, which are punishable with up to eight years in prison.
According to court records, the theft of funds is alleged to have begun as early as July 1, 2006 and continued through Feb. 28, 2009.
Last year, they were each similarly charged as co-defendants with two fourth-degree felonies of worker's compensation fraud for lesser amounts. The dates in those indictments were Jan. 1, 2008 through July 11, 2008 and July 1, 2008 through Feb. 28 2009. The amount of theft alleged in each of those charges ranged between $5,000 and $150,000.
Judge Alan Mayberry has heard those cases. Both defendants have entered not guilty pleas and waived speedy trials. Court documents indicate they each refused plea agreements last month and are set to stand trial July 15-18.
Arraignment on the new charges is set for this Friday at 1 p.m.
Since the dates in the new charges encompass the dates in the previous counts, it is possible the court could merge the cases.
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