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Willard man gets jail time, probation for check forgery

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

A Willard man was sentenced to 30 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program Wednesday for forging his signature on a stolen check.

Daniel R. Colebank, 20, of 210 Park St., stole a check from his sister’s boyfriend and wrote it to himself for $100 by forging the name of the victim, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. The Willard credit union where the Oct. 15 transaction happened had just gotten information from the victim about the stolen check.

“I think (it was) within minutes,” Kasper added. “He was still in the lobby when police arrived.”

Officers found some heroin on Colebank when he was arrested, she said.

In April, Colebank pleaded guilty to forgery and receiving stolen property. The state, as part of a plea deal, agreed not to pursue a possession of heroin charge.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Colebank to undergo substance abuse assessment and treatment. The judge also fined him $500 and ordered him to do 100 hours of community service as part of his three years of probation.

Kasper said the offense might have been the result of an ongoing substance abuse problem.

“This seemed like a crime of opportunity. … He claimed the guy owed him money,” she said. “(Colebank) appears to have a good job. Keeping employment and maintaining employment is important.”

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