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Accused bigamist charged with trying to set up first wife’s hit

October 17, 2019, Erie County, PA — Erie County detectives say 4 inmates report being offered money, car.

A Millcreek Township man facing trial for insurance fraud and for marrying a woman while already married to someone else is now accused of trying to solicit others to kill his first wife.

Richard E. Weber, 30, was charged Thursday with a first-degree felony count of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide and a third-degree felony count of criminal solicitation to commit retaliation against a witness or victim.

Weber is accused in the criminal complaint of trying to get others to murder his estranged wife, Anissa Weber, who was charged with Weber in one of the insurance fraud cases he is facing.

According to information in the affidavit of probable cause filed with Weber’s complaint, the Erie County Detective Bureau received letters and statements from four Erie County Prison inmates between Sept. 20 and Oct. 7 that claimed Weber had solicited them in an attempt to have Anissa Weber murdered. Information provided to detectives included Anissa Weber’s biographical information, addresses, a copy of her Pennsylvania identification and a full facial portrait. Handwritten notes associated with Weber were also included, including one note written on a document from a discovery packet associated with one of Weber’s court cases, Detective Todd Manges wrote in the affidavit.

The four inmates who said they were solicited were interviewed by detectives. One inmate, identified in the affidavit only by the initials L.P., told Manges that Weber asked him to file fraudulent charges of a credit card scam against the victim. The inmate said Weber told him he wanted the victim charged in an attempt to regain custody of his daughter and to make sure she would not testify against him in an upcoming trial.

When the inmate failed to file the fraud charges, he said Weber stated, “Forget it, just kill her, man. I’ll just have her killed,” Manges wrote in the affidavit.

The inmate said Weber promised him $20,000 and a Lexus automobile if he or someone else killed the victim, according to the affidavit.

A second inmate, D.G., told investigators that Weber asked him to file fraudulent charges of a credit card scam against the victim, promising to pay him $20,000. The inmate said Weber later promised him $25,000 and a Lexus to commit the murder or solicit someone else to do it, Manges wrote in the affidavit.

A third inmate, M.J., told investigators that Weber promised $25,000 and a Lexus if he filed fraudulent charges of a credit card scam, identify theft and drugs against the victim. The inmate said he was later promised $40,000 “to take care of her.” When the inmate asked Weber what that meant, he said Weber stated, “In my mind, to kill her,” according to the affidavit.

A fourth inmate, M.A., told investigators that Weber promised him $2,000 to write a false statement against the victim claiming she was a drug user and had set up Weber, leading to his incarceration. The inmate said Weber later promised him $20,000 to “take care of” the victim, Manges wrote in the affidavit.

Weber is facing trial in November in several fraud cases. In one of the cases, which was filed by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, investigators accused Weber and Anissa Weber of filing a fraudulent claim for automotive repairs with their insurance agency. Weber is also accused in separate cases of using fraudulent credit cards to pay for services and making a fraudulent insurance claim that a custom computer was destroyed when a child spilled water on it.

Weber is additionally facing trial in November on misdemeanor counts of bigamy and unsworn falsification to authorities in court. Erie police filed the charges in late May, accusing Weber of still being married to his first wife when he married a second woman in May.

Source: Go Erie

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