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Meat distributor pursues charges against Berlin Butcher Shop owner, former councilwoman

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A meat distributor is pursuing charges against a former Berlin councilwoman, alleging she paid for thousands of dollars worth of meat with bad checks.

The Worcester County District Court issued a criminal summons for Lisa Hall, owner of the now-closed Berlin Butcher Shop, on Saturday, Sept. 9, after a representative of C&C Meat Sales Inc. filed for charges against her with the District Court commissioner.

The statement of charges shows Hall faces two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, two counts of issuing bad checks between $1,000 and $10,000 and two counts of passing bad checks between $1,000 and $10,000.

Kimberly Duncan, C&C Meat Sales Inc. credit manager, wrote in the application for statement of charges that her company delivered $2,836.91 worth of meat to the Berlin Butcher shop April 27.

The meat was paid for, according to documents, with a check, which was returned to the company in early May marked "NSF," meaning the account had insufficient funds.

Just before the check was returned, Duncan wrote in court documents that her company delivered meat to Hall's butcher shop again May 2, totaling $2,415.46, which was also paid for with a check.

That check was returned to the company marked "NSF" as well days later, according to documents. 

Hall signed the invoices for both deliveries and both checks as well as a receipt from the postal service for a letter from the meat distributor notifying her that the checks were no good, documents state.

The company has called Hall several times, according to court documents, but neither of the checks have been made good. She is scheduled to appear in district court for a preliminary inquiry Sept. 29.

Hall is also the suspect in an Ocean City police investigation into an Aug. 19 meat theft at an ACME store, according to a police incident report.

Ocean City police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard said ACME employees reported someone had placed a large meat order that day and the day before, but had not paid for either one. The orders were worth about $3,000.

Richard said she could not confirm the suspect's identity because there had been no charges yet in the case. As of last week, she said the investigation was still ongoing. 

Hall has not responded to calls about either case.

She established the Berlin Butcher Shop in October 2016 shortly after she lost the town's mayoral race against incumbent Gee Williams. Before that, she served as a Berlin council member for eight years.