Is ID thief in mental hospital?

Man convicted of using ex-roommate's name during three traffic stops.
Cary Ashby
Dec 23, 2013

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway planned to wait until Monday to issue a failure-to-appear warrant for a defendant who reportedly is in a mental hospital.

Daniel G. Hurst, 45, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to identity theft, but has yet to be sentenced.

Conway, during Thursday's scheduled sentencing hearing, said the court had information indicating Hurst was "hospitalized" and was out of the state. He also said the person who posted Hurst's bond sent a fax saying that was the case, but there weren't many other details.

"That's the information we have -- that he is in a mental institution," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said after the hearing.

Conway allowed Huron County Public Defender David Longo to gather more information about Hurst's whereabouts before he possibly issued a warrant for the defendant's arrest.

This isn't the first time Hurst has skipped a court date.

On Aug. 6, 2012, Hurst had a final pretrial hearing scheduled on the same case, but he wasn't in court so Conway issued a warrant for his arrest.

Longo, at the time, said he'd been told Barnett was served his indictment the previous week -- when he didn't appear for his originally scheduled arraignment. The public defender said his office sent Barnett a letter saying he needed to appear or the court would issue a failure-to-appear warrant.

"I don't know if he received it or not, but we sent it," Longo said.

Hurst didn't make an appointment with Longo two weeks earlier and didn't call the public defender's office.

At the same August 2012 hearing, assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said another prosecutor informed him that Hurst was indicted on an undisclosed Summit County charge, so Woodruff said it's possible he Hurst was in jail.

Hurst is convicted of using his ex-roommate's name during three traffic stops, all of which happened within a couple of weeks of each other. Police have said Hurst reportedly used the name of Toledo resident George Kalil during traffic stops by the Monroeville, Mansfield and Ottawa Hills police departments.

On April 21, 2012, Hurst reportedly had a seizure at the Monroeville police station following a traffic stop on U.S. 20 on the eastern end of the village limits.

An ambulance transported him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Authorities have said Hurst used Kalil's name with North Central EMS and medical providers and having Kalil billed for more than $500.

Comments

LecterQ

Who is 'Barnett'?

Kingsin

Lecter, thank you. I read that article three times trying to figure that out.

Kingsin

I know that all of us sit here armchair quarterbacking these stories from from the limited info contained in the paper, but I sure hope the fax came through on official letterhead from a hospital. I can just see this guy (if he's playing the system) sitting with his buddies around a fax machine drinking beer and saying; "Gee, what do we want to tell them next"? I know!- let's tell them they let you out of the hospital and you've decided to take your once in a lifetime pilgrimage to mecca and that you'll be back in six to eight weeks- that'll keep you out of court for awhile. It seems to me that he has enough cognizance to use an alias, dodge court papers and trial dates etc...