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Embezzlement trial temporarily delayed

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- The man accused of stealing supplies from Middletown when he worked as its maintenance supervisor won't face trial until late December.

Glen Miller, 61, appeared Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court for a scheduled trial on four counts of embezzlement, including fraudulent use of town labor and equipment dating back to 2002.

Miller's attorney, Christopher Collins, made a motion to continue the case for at least three months. Collins told Judge John Prosser he'd had difficulty contacting several witnesses for the defense who live in Middletown and could testify as to what transpired.

Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Williamson told the judge he did not object to the continuance.

The bench trial before the judge could take a day, according to Collins and Williamson, both of whom indicated their arguments and evidence could span three to four hours.

Prosser set Miller's case for trial Dec. 23.

Miller's co-defendant, former Middletown Mayor Gene Dicks, pleaded guilty in July to committing one misdemeanor count of embezzlement, reduced from his original felony charge of the same offense.

Prosser sentenced Dicks to 12 months in jail, all suspended, and ordered him to pay $3,650 in restitution to Middletown. The sentence came as part of a plea agreement reached between the commonwealth and Dicks' attorney, John Bell.

Dirt and a culvert owned by the town were used to improve a driveway area on Dicks' property in 2002. Dicks served as mayor of Middletown at the time. The embezzlement didn't involve town funds but rather equipment and labor. Dicks' attorney claimed his client thought the materials were scrap, but agreed the labor and equipment were town property.

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