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Non-profit worker turned fugitive turns himself in

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

After nearly a year on the run, the former head of a Frederick County non-profit has turned himself into police.

Niles Underwood Comer, 44, was arrested June 14, according to online Winchester General District Court records.

Winchester Police Capt. L.M. Bauserman said Comer showed up at the police station lobby at about 3:30 that day to turn himself in.

He was charged with being a principle in the second degree of a vehicle grand larceny, according to court records. The offense date is listed as Sept. 15.

Court records provide an address of Capon Bridge, W.Va. for Comer.

The grand larceny charge stems from a Dodge Avenger Comer rented with a credit card belonging to CLEAN Inc. It was later found in New York City.

He had been the executive director of CLEAN -- Community and Law Enforcement Against Narcotics -- for two months when other employees noted suspicious charges placed on the corporate credit card, one of its directors, Regina O'Brien, said last year.

Comer was indicted last December in Winchester Circuit Court on a count of embezzlement related to the credit cart. Court records list an offense date of June 14, 2011 -- a year to the date before he turned himself in.

"We [had] not been able to locate him," Bauserman said. "The last I heard, he was out of the area.

"I've been doing this 20 years. I've had people do that [turn themselves] in. They will be gone for some time. Sometimes, it's better to just come in and be done with it."

Comer is scheduled to appear in General District Court on the larceny charge Aug. 15, according to court records, and in Circuit Court July 9 for embezzlement, according to court records.

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