Fraud defendant makes first court appearance

Barbara Ann Stickley

WOODSTOCK – Barbara Stickley made an initial court appearance Friday on three credit card related fraud charges involving an Edinburg woman who died Oct. 16 in a residential fire hours before Stickley was charged.

Stickley appeared with her attorney, Bradley Pollack. A group of nieces, sisters and a sister-in-law from the family of Judith Ann Coffman, the fire victim, were also at the hearing.

Authorities say Coffman, 68, of 3662 Stoney Creek Road, lost thousands of dollars from her checking account to Stickley in the months before the fire. Stickley, 67, of 110 Printz St., Edinburg, was Coffman’s caretaker.

Warren County General District Court Judge Amy Tisinger scheduled a preliminary hearing for 9:45 a.m. Jan. 22. She told Stickley to “cooperate with Mr. Pollack in preparation for this matter.”

After the hearing, Ginger Hall, a niece, said she and other members of Coffman’s family were taking a keen interest in the case.

“We’ll be there in January,” Hall said.

Lori Robinson, one of Coffman’s sisters, noted that Stickley had a long list of embezzlement charges filed against her in 2006.

“This isn’t her first rodeo,” Robinson said of Stickley.

Pollack declined to comment on the case after the hearing.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Officials from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office have said there is no link so far between the fraud case and fire investigations.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com