June 21, 2008

West Virginia

An investigator at the Jefferson County coroner's office is accused of stealing a credit card from a dead man and using it to rack up charges at a local strip club.

Police said 52-year-old David Workman, of Irondale, confessed to taking the credit card while he was investigating a fatality at the Jefferson County morgue.

Two days after the victim died, according to police, Workman charged more than $400 on the stolen card at an exotic dance club in Weirton.

Workman said the card was "not intentionally used." When a NEWS9 reporter asked to explain further, he remained silent.

The victim's family notified Ohio State Highway Patrol after they noticed charges made on his credit card after his death, Weirton police detective Rob Alexander said.

On a surveillance video, a manager at the club questions Workman about the card, but officers said Workman lied and forged a signature of the dead victim's name.

Police did not release the name of the club because they said the owners played a key role in the investigation.

Workman turned himself in to police on Friday and was arraigned in Weirton on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony. He was released on $5,000 bond.

It was not immediately known if Workman will face additional charges in Ohio, since that is where the alleged theft happened.Jefferson County Coroner John Metcalf said Workman was fired from his job of seven years. He said Workman was one of his first hires and he was shocked by the allegations.

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