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Judge rejects plea to let woman with migraine out for treatment

September 29, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON , Salem News

LISBON - A former Wellsville woman accused of using another's identity to obtain Comcast services and lying to police in Wellsville about an assault, remains in jail Friday despite pleading for release due to a migraine headache.

Gina Amato, 45, who currently lists her address as Fair Street, Salem, requested through her attorney, Connie Witt, that visiting Judge Diane S.A. Vettori, lower her bond so Amato could go to the University Presbyterian Medical Center in Pittsburgh for help with a migraine headache. Witt explained Amato was having problems not only due to heightened blood pressure caused by the charges, but also has suffered from migraines in the past.

Assistant County Prosecutor Megan Payne pointed out Amato had seen the nurse at the county jail for her health issues and requested Vettori maintain the bond at $10,000 cash or surety.

"They are not nurses," Amato blurted out in court. "They are medics."

Vettori ruled that unless Amato can provide credible proof of a medical appointment from her physician by noon on Monday, the bond will remain at $10,000. Vettori suggested Amato could sign a release for Witt to contact her physician on her behalf.

Amato agreed to waive her right to a preliminary hearing on the identity fraud charge, which is a fourth-degree felony. She will be bound over to the grand jury of the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Amato also signed a time waiver in the case of the misdemeanor falsification charge.

Court documents accuse Amato of using the identity of Christian Kapp of Wellsville to set up services with Comcast. After she had already done so, Amato reportedly told him what she had done and then offered to pay him back. In the end, Kapp received a bill from Comcast for $1,017 for the services.

Additionally, she is accused of filing a police report in Wellsville claiming she had been assaulted on Aug. 25. However, when EMS checked her for injuries none were found. She also refused to go to the hospital for medical treatment. Witnesses where the assault allegedly took place all reported to police it had never happened.

djohnson@mojonews.com

 
 

 

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