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New Ringgold woman placed on probation for insurance fraud

Published August 12. 2013 05:04PM

A New Ringgold woman was sentenced for insurance fraud while other criminal count proceedings were held in Schuylkill County court recently.

Stephanie Ann Stegmeier, 31, of 366 Mill Mountain Road, was placed by President Judge William E. Baldwin in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 24 months. She had pleaded guilty to a charge of insurance fraud brought by the state Attorney General's office.

She will serve the first six months under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee to defray the costs, pay a fine of $1,500, pay a $50 monthly supervision fee, complete outpatient treatment, and perform 40 hours of community service. The AG office claimed she was involved in a car accident and attempted to collect insurance on an expired policy.

Shawna Margo Mastromico,24, of Aliquippa, was sentenced to serve two to four years in a state correctional facility. She had been found guilty by Judge Baldwin following a non-jury trial of attempting to conceal illegal drugs in a balloon while visiting an inmate at the state correctional institution in Mahanoy Township. She also must pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, and make restitution of $224 to the Bethlehem Regional Lab.

Scott Guy Killian, 23. Llewellyn, Branch Township, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve six months to five years in the county prison with credit for serving 28 days.

On three counts of simple assault and one count each of fleeing and eluding police and criminal mischief he received concurrent sentences. Killian also must pay a fine of $1,500, pay $100 to Catastrophe fund, $460 to Schuylkill Medical Center (SMC), $300 to SAE fund, and perform 20 hours of community services.

Leon Irvin Christ, 39, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve six to 12 months in the county prison, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and a $50 monthly supervision fee. He was cited by Pottsville Cpl. Francis T. Lynagh, after contraband was found on his possession after being brought to the hospital's emergency room.

Revoke probation

Christopher Allen Reedy, 25, Schuylkill Haven, had his probation revoked by Judge James P. Goodman and he was re-sentenced on two counts of forgery to serve four to 23 months in the county prison with credit for serving 75 days and he is to be paroled to an inpatient facility after completing his sentence. He had pleaded guilty to the charges and had been placed on probation. He was charged by Trooper Thomas J. Robin of passing counterfeit $20 bills.

Bench warrants

Fred S. Williams, 50, of 30 Walnut St., Delano, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge John E. Domalakes and was remanded to the county prison until further action. He was cited by Mahanoy City Cpl. Michael Dissinger, with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Robert E. Keister, 26, of 42 E. Sherman St., McAdoo, had his bench warrant dissolved by Domalakes and bail reinstated with conditions that he must reside at the McAdoo address and cannot relocated without permission from the district attorney, must attend all scheduled court proceedings, and shall not possess nor consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs. Keister faces charges of DUI with alcohol and drugs.

He previously had been placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program which was later revoked for violating the rules. The charges filed against him were made by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton, after being stopped on Claremont Avenue.

Jose Alfredo Echevarria, 21, Reading, had his bench warrant dissolved by Domalakes and bail reinstated with conditions he reside at his Reading address, cannot relocate without the district attorney's permission, and must attend all scheduled court proceedings. He faces charges of defiant trespass on Pottsville Housing Authority property and failure to have a driver's license.

Tammy Josephine McShaw, 45, Minersville, had her bench warrant dissolved by Domalakes and she was remanded to the county prison to begin serving her sentences and must pay a bench warrant fee of $200. She received a sentence of five to 23 months on charges of retail theft and possession of illegal drugs.

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