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City man charged in credit card fraud; College official's wife an alleged victim.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - A Pleasant Street man charged with breaking and entering, larceny and fraudulent use of a credit card was ordered held on $16,000 cash bail yesterday.

Donald J. St. Clair, 37, of 87 Pleasant St., was arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on three counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building and two counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card over $250, possession of burglary tools and attempting to commit a crime (breaking and entering), crimes he is alleged to have committed on various dates from Oct. 12 to March 21 in Worcester.

Mr. St. Clair, who pleaded not guilty, was ordered held on $16,000 cash bail as requested by Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Hodgens. Judge Robert C. Cosgrove set the bail without prejudice, which will allow Mr. St. Clair's appointed lawyer, Julie Bowden, to seek a bail reduction at a later date.

One of the allegations against Mr. St. Clair is that he used credit cards belonging to Christine Zirkle, wife of Becker College President Kenneth E. Zirkle, to make more than $3,000 in fraudulent charges, according to records in Central District Court, where he was arraigned in February. A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments against him April 20, moving his case to Worcester Superior Court.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:May 30, 2007
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