Ocean City Today

Former Berlin councilwoman faces charges for bad checks

By By Josh Davis | Sep 14, 2017

(Sept. 15, 2017) Former Berlin Councilwoman Lisa Hall is being charged with two counts of theft and four counts of passing bad checks related to meat deliveries to the Berlin Butcher Shop, which closed last month.

According to a complaint included in the charging documents, C & C Meat Sales Inc. from Upper Marlboro, Maryland made deliveries on April 27 and on May 27 valued at $2,836.91 and $2,415.46, respectively. In both cases the checks, apparently signed by Hall, bounced.

Notice of the first bad check was sent to Hall by certified mailed on May 22, and the charging documents state she received and signed for the letter. Numerous calls were also made to her, the complaint stated.

“She has not made either one of the checks good,” Kimberly Duncan of C & C Meat Sales Inc. wrote in the complaint, signed on Sept. 9.

As of press time, Wednesday, a summons had been issued, but not yet marked received.

Last month, the Bayside Gazette reported Hall was being investigated by Ocean City Police for allegedly taking $3,000 worth of meat from several local grocery stores without paying.

An incident report from the Ocean City Police Department lists Hall as the suspect and the Acme on the 9500 block of Coastal Highway as one of the locations where the alleged incident occurred.

Ocean City Police Spokeswoman Lindsay Richard said last month she could not confirm the suspect’s name because no charges have been filed, although she did provide a summary of the incident.

According to the summary, police were sent to the Acme at about 1:38 p.m. on Aug. 19 to investigate. Employees at the Acme said a woman placed a meat order and did not pay for it. The person apparently placed a large order one day prior and did not pay for that either.

Police said they discovered the suspect placed another large order at another store and failed to pay. The total value of all the orders was estimated to be $3,000.

Richard, on Tuesday, said the investigating officer was still examining the case and no charges have been filed.

“[It] seemed like it ended up getting a little more complicated,” Richard said Tuesday. “The officer is still investigating this case … He will be meeting with the state’s attorney’s office soon to review the case prior to any charges being filed.”

Hall opened the Berlin Butcher Shop in 2016.

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