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By DENNIS J. WRIGHT

dwright@phoenixvillenews.com

PHOENIXVILLE - A Phoenixville man was ordered to stand trial in district court Thursday morning on forgery charges after he allegedly falsified two physician notes to his employer last year.

According to court testimony, Surendra Patel, manager of Phoenixville A-Plus, said he received two physician notes from his then-employee, Samuel Antwane Nelson, 22, of the 300 block of Morgan Street, Phoenixville, last July.

"Nelson was employed at the store," said Patel. "On two separate occasions, he missed work for several days and so I told him he needed a doctor's excuse. He gave me two doctor's notes, excusing him from work. After noticing some grammar discrepancies, I didn't believe these were real."

The two documents were on Chester County Hospital letterhead, and appeared to be have been authorized by Harry E. Heller, M.D., according to court documents.

Dr. Heller verified in court that it was his signature stamp used on the two documents, but Nelson wasn't his patient.

"Mr. Nelson was not and had never been a patient of mine," said Heller. "He also didn't have permission to use my signature stamp."

After hearing all of the testimony, District Justice Ted Michaels held the charges over for trial.

Nelson is charged with two counts of forgery.

He was remanded back to Chester County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $5,000 bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2004.

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