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Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

A Ligonier man is accused of sending a harassing text message he claimed came from his estranged wife and applying for a credit card in her name.

Paul R. Sieminkewicz, 55, of 105 N. Walnut St., was charged by Westmoreland County Detective Thomas D. Horan on March 7 with perjury, false swearing and identify theft.

According to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel, the charges followed an investigation by Ligonier Township police of several incidents involving Sieminkewicz and his wife.

On Dec. 12, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013, the woman said she received several harassing text messages.

The messages did not reveal a phone number but were generated by “unverified Vtext,” police said. The computer program allows the sender to use any originating phone number, police said.

About the same time, Sieminkewicz's wife reported someone attempted to open a credit card in her name, police said.

A search warrant police filed determined the IP address used to make the credit card application was located at Sieminkewicz's home.

During a Feb. 25, 2013, court hearing on a different matter, Sieminkewicz testified that his wife had sent a threatening text to him and that he “doesn't know anything about Vtext,” police said.

A second search warrant led to an expert's examination of a computer taken from Sieminkewicz's home, which showed the credit card information and a Vtext record using his wife's phone number.

On Jan. 6, the woman gave Horan documents showing an electronic transfer of $189.17 from her bank account for a Comcast bill at Sieminkewicz's home.

He was arraigned before Thiel and is free on $25,000 unsecured bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on Friday.

In 2012, the district attorney's office dropped charges of attempted homicide and harassment against Sieminkewicz relating to an incident at a doctor's residence.

According to court records, Sieminkewicz went to the home of Ligonier physician David Anto on Oct. 19, 2012, and allegedly told a woman there that he was going to find and kill Anto.

Township police pulled over Sieminkewicz on Route 711, and he told police he had a gun in the glove box. Officers found a handgun in a holster and 11 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, according to an affidavit.

That case remains in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, where Sieminkewicz faces a remaining charge of terroristic threats.

In 2007, Sieminkewicz unsuccessfully ran for Ligonier Township supervisor.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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