Court Files: Disgraced Pharmacist Falsified Wife’s Name Using $ 2 Million Loans | New
MORGANTOWN – When Amy Tingler’s home was raided by federal agents in the wee hours of August 18, 2018, the pharmacist and mother of three knew her world had changed forever.
Her former college boyfriend and husband of 15 years, Scott, a pharmacist like Amy herself, has been accused of conspiring with others to distribute massive amounts of oxycodone in Monongalia County and beyond. of the.
Scott Tingler subsequently pleaded guilty to distributing over 7,400 grams of oxycodone over a four-year period and filing a false income tax return. He agreed to give up his pharmacist’s license and never ask for his reinstatement. He was ordered to pay $ 507,942.42 in restitution to former employees and to the Internal Revenue Service.
Tingler is currently housed at Hazelton Federal Prison where he is serving a 10-year sentence. Amy Tingler, now his ex-wife, and her three children recently moved in with her parents.
Scott Tingler left Amy with a few more farewell gifts she knew nothing about: four loans totaling nearly $ 2 million that he had secured by forging his wife’s name as a co-signer. Scott Tingler has defaulted on these loans since his arrest and conviction. He admits to having falsified his wife’s name on countless loan application documents.
Amy Tingler was stuck with the fallout.
“It’s pretty scary what happened to me because it could happen to others,” Amy Tingler said. “He was someone who had access to all of my personal information, my social security number, and answers to various questions only he would know.”
Armed only with this basic information about his wife and the willingness to forge his signature, Scott Tingler secured the loans to help keep oxycodone running and his other business ventures.
Records show he got his first fraudulent loan in 2007 when he falsified information and walked away with over $ 350,000 from WesBanco to Wheeling in 2007. In 2014, Tingler forged his wife’s signature again. , this time with the 1st National Bank of Pennsylvania, and was approved for a loan of $ 500,000. In 2017, Tingler secured a $ 1.1 million loan from Citizen’s Bank, now known as Unified Bank.
The initial three loans all took place in the Ohio Valley area of the tri-state region. All three loans were managed and approved by the same loan officer, who is now a senior manager at Unified Bank.
In 2018, with the United Federal Credit Union in Cheat Lake, Scott Tingler received a $ 16,000 home equity line of credit, again with his wife’s fake signature as a co-signer – even though his arrest in August 2018 had made the headlines of the local newspapers.
“No one even bothered to google their name. He forged my signature 20 times. Scott said he was “going to take the papers home for my wife to sign” and that was OK for them. He took the papers back to the bank and they notarized them, even though I wasn’t there to sign them in front of anyone, ”Amy Tingler said.
Amy Tingler said she was working with a lawyer to dissociate herself from one of the fraudulent loans, but said some of her personal property remained encumbered by the loan granted.
Scott Tingler was in court Tuesday at the Monongalia County Justice Center, in a hearing for one of the loan fraud cases, which was halted on February 26 amid the first coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s conviction itself, however, was postponed to Thursday, August 6 at 11 a.m. to allow the judge and defendant to review the transcript of those earlier court proceedings.
“This hearing had been postponed since the COVID-19 epidemic. I don’t remember the details of this case and I think we could benefit from reviewing the transcript of these proceedings, ”said Judge Philip D. Gaujot of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.
Jason Wingfield, counsel for the accused, said his client “would also like to review the transcripts,” prompting Gaujot to postpone the hearing.
As part of her victim’s remarks during her ex-husband’s sentencing, Amy Tingler had planned to use the forum to discuss her ex-husband’s ability to request and receive large sums of money by forging several times his name.
When the hearing resumes in August, Amy Tingler will speak in front of the judge and her former husband’s courtroom. She will also address her disappointment with the banking system for not having more security checks to prevent fraudulent loans.
“I was really hoping to get my word out because I found out that banking practices across the state are really not up to par,” she said after the hearing was postponed. “A lot of banks don’t follow protocol. Some say they don’t even have a protocol. When you confront them, they will just “no comment”.
Until then, she said she was on a crusade not only to clear her name from fraudulent debts, but to educate citizens that some banks do not exercise due diligence when it comes to granting loans.