Smithsburg man faces over 40 counts of giving false statements to police

Thomas Gillen went by "Jason Stewart" and demanded action on estranged family

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - In Washington County, the Sheriff's Office has charged a Smithsburg man for giving false statements. 
 
Officials said Thomas Gillen was arrested Friday. They said he sent an email to Sheriff Doug Mullendore and other elected officials in reference to a drug trafficking complaint.
 
Gillen referred himself as "Jason Stewart," who stayed at a hotel on Dual Highway on the weekend of April 28.  
 
They said Gillen fabricated a story of witnessing a drug transaction on South Colonial Drive, where it was discovered that his estranged family was staying.
 
After his tip didn't result in an arrest, he began to email city officials demanding action. After an investigation, his claims were found not to be true. 
 
He was charged with one count of giving a false statement to an officer and 40 counts of false statements to an official.

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