01/07/2006

Ind. officer charged in magazine prank

The Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind.- A police officer has been charged with identity deception for subscribing to magazines and ordering CDs in the name of a firefighter, whose ex-wife is now married to the officer.

Phillip E. Allen, 36, was charged Thursday with two counts of identity deception, a felony.

Police said that on Oct. 9, Allen placed an online order for Playboy, Penthouse, Playgirl and Cosmopolitan in the name of firefighter Chris Baugh, to be delivered to the fire department headquarters.

The next day, Allen ordered a number of music CDs to be sent to fire department headquarters in Baugh's name, police said.

Baugh received a bill for $78 for the magazines.

Allen told investigators he did it to irritate Baugh.

Allen's attorney, Bryan Williams, said he expects that the police department would put Allen on leave.

"This is a prank where no harm was intended or caused," said Williams. "This should be handled administratively and not bog down our criminal justice system."

Baugh said he has a long history of trouble with Allen, who married Baugh's ex-wife.

"He has been messing with me from the word go," Baugh said. "I'm glad they filed the charges."

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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