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Bailey’s forgeries listed

Ambrose BaileyThe list of local physicians whose names were forged by Ambrose Bailey included primary care doctors and specialists, as well as several doctors who work in the emergency room at Mary Washington Hospital.

As my colleague, Keith Epps, reported this morning in the paper, Bailey pleaded guilty yesterday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court to forging the signatures of at least a dozen local doctors on death certificates and cremation certificates.

Bailey is a former member of City Council. He was funeral director at the now-closed family funeral home in the Mayfield section of the city. Bailey told investigators he forged the doctors’ names because he had gotten behind in his paperwork.

The list of doctors was read in court yesterday and included: Wilson Cook, Thomas Mastri, Nather Ansari, Rebecca Marcus, Warren Parmelee, Drew Garvie, William Muir, James Schlesinger, Richard Lewis, Timothy Weber and Mitzi Sampson.

(In the above photo from 2001, Bailey, seated, is pictured with Bill Beck, Gordon Shelton and Joe Wilson.)

Keith Epps’ story can be found here.