Marion notary faces perjury charges

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Peggy Melius, 62, a Marion notary, was charged with perjury by Pennsylvania State Police. She allegedly gave a false statement under oath at a deposition hearing on March 31, 2009 at 247 Lincoln Way E.

According to court reports, Melius testified that she notarized a codicil to the will of Daniel G. Snyder Sr. on Jan. 14, 2008 while he was present. The codicil gave Samantha Frey $75,000, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and a pasture of his farm upon his death. Snyder died Jan. 15, 2008 in an auto accident. His widow contested the will.

Frey, also charged in the case, told the court it was Melius’ idea to forge the codicil.

A forensic document specialist ruled the signature on the codicil was not that of Snyder. As a result, Melius’ testimony was determined to be false. She will appear before district judge Gary Carter on Nov. 8.