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Former deputies accused of fraud

Edinburg couple face charges in Warren County stemming from pool project contract

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg couple who own a pool business have been charged with construction fraud in Warren County General District Court.

Amanda Marie Myrtle and Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 37, of Edinburg, were charged with construction fraud Jan. 23, according to online court records. The charge is a class 6 felony.

They're scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, and are free on their own recognizance, according to court records.

The Myrtles own Serenity Pool and Spa, according to a criminal complaint filed by Gary B. Phillips with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

The complaint says Laura Voegler signed a contract with Amanda and Thomas Myrtle last July for a 24-by-24-foot pool for $26,900. Another $4,000 was charged for a fence around the pool.

Voegler paid the whole contract price in August, but neither the pool nor the fence was finished by Serenity Pool and Spa, the complaint says. The Myrtles haven't been in touch with her since Oct. 31, it says.

A letter sent to the company Dec. 10 hadn't been claimed as of Jan. 3, according to the complaint.

Another contractor has completed the pool project, it says.

The complaint says the couple live in Edinburg.

Both Thomas Myrtle and his wife are former deputies with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. Mrs. Myrtle, who spent part of her time there as an investigator, worked for the agency from 2003 to 2008, Maj. Scott Proctor said.

Her husband worked there from 1997 to 2006, according to Proctor.

A public phone listing for Serenity Pool and Spa wasn't in service Friday evening, and its website required a login name and password. A home listing for the Myrtles also wasn't in service.

Voegler couldn't be reached for comment.


Again, what does their past ocupation have to do with this story. Other than try and blemish the Shenandoah County Sheriffs Dept. Maybe the new owners will clean house and hire real reporters.

absolutely right. As usual the press wants to make something glamorous out of past jobs. That headline is so deceptive. When have you seen a headline that read " Former Plumber saves a child" Come on NVD don't jump on the hate law enforcement train.

cops are crooked whether they are in court or retired. no different then any other average cheat. just because you are a cop does by no way mean you are trustworthy. the article was written just fine. also, the shenandoah county cops are probably the most crooked. everyone is related in the judicial system here. it's almost gross.


The charges were dismissed or nolle prosequi!

easyliving....you have no idea what these officers do in Shenandoah county...they work long hours and are under paid...and this has nothing to do with them being an officer. Our officers put there life on the line for us everyday they put their uniforms on. Sometimes their hands are tired in what they can do because of the laws we have. So next time you see an officer ask him or her how many hours they have worked that week...not just on the road but total time...road, paper work, and court time..

Living in a fantasy world I see.

I have no problem with your comment. Only the police will defend the police here. It's the good old boy system in Shenandoah County.

I do agree. Police will always "protect their own". I will say I dont think the good old boy system is in effect as much as it was in the past. I also will say every police officer both town and county in the last 10 years or so that I had to interact(nice way of saying stumbled into) with has been respectful and intelligent to me!

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