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On tape, an alleged theft inside courtroom

Dan Morse

Montgomery County courtrooms have played host to countless theft trials. Now, according to recent charges, a courtroom played host to an actual theft.

The video, captured during a break in a civil trial, shows the alleged pilfering of a document shortly after the 1:15 mark. The video is posted below.

Through their attorneys or in interviews, the three individuals charged -- Ann Fischer, Sheldon Fischer, and Christopher Wise -- deny wrongdoing.

"We're completely innocent," said Sheldon Fischer.

"The video actually shows him not committing a theft," said David Martella, an attorney for Wise. “The worst thing the video shows him doing is leaving the courtroom to go to the bathroom.”

The three were indicted last week on counts of theft, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, according to court records. A trial date has been set for late February.

The Fischers are involved in litigation brought by a son, Benson Fischer. The video was recorded during the litigation of that lawsuit.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  December 16, 2009; 6:14 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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It looks to me like theft.Why is that guy climbing over the medium that separates the gallery from the Judge and Lawyers? Whats going on there?

Posted by: zeal | December 16, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I have known the Fischer family for 30 years. For anyone to say Benny doesn't work hard is ignorant. How can anyone in their right mind take the side of the parents after seeing the court room video of the mother stealing documents. As far as the son suing the father what would anyone do if their parents stole all the money from a sale of a business owned jointly with the son. These facts have been adjudicated in a court of law upon the son being awarded 1.4 million dollars. Additionally, what kind of parent litigates with not just one son but 2. That alone says it all.

Posted by: bpollekoff | December 17, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I have known Ann and Shelly Fischer for many years and consider my family fortunate to enjoy a friendship based on integrity and selfless caring for others.I believe the idea that one of their children could take them to court is so distasteful and sociopathic that it could only be born of having been given every opportunity hardworking parents could supply. I think Benny doesn't want to work hard or sacrifice as his parents did but still wants the kind of life they gave him. I am convinced he has chosen to steal from his parents and unpaid creditors to get that life, and I'm sure the courts will
catch up with Benny.

Posted by: shoamailbox | December 17, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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