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LIMA ó The current wife of a former doctor convicted of aggravated murder in his first wifeís death was awarded $26,168 from a bondsman who defrauded her. Judge Jeffrey Reed issued a judgment Monday for $20,000 in punitive damages and $6,168 in attorney fees to Esther Wangler. The judgement is against Darryl K. Ables, an Indianapolis bail bondsman operating under the company Advantage Bail Bonds. Itís unclear whether the latest developments against Ables will have an effect on his criminal case. He was convicted of aggravated theft by deception, a third-degree felony, and placed on four years probation and ordered to repay Wangler. Wanglerís attorney, Christopher McDowell, has called Ablesí probation officer to make that person aware of the situation. An attorney with the Ohio Department of Insurance fraud division, which prosecuted the case, could not be reached for comment Monday.There was nothing on the court docket for a probation violation hearing scheduled for Ables. Wangler gave Ables $100,000 to post a $1 million bond to get her husband, Mark Wangler, out of jail while his trial was pending but he didnít come through. She was forced to empty her savings account, max out her home equity line, borrow from family and cash out investments to raise $1 million herself.Mark Wangler was convicted in the 2006 death of his first wife, Kathy Wangler. He was an anesthesiologist who is serving a 25-years-to-life prison sentence following the conviction. In October, Reed granted Esther Wangler a $56,000 judgment against Ables for money owed. He had previously paid her about $50,000 when his criminal case was active and agreed to pay her additional money for his actions. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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