Credit card thief fined $1,000 for 'incredibly stupid thing to do'

Cary Ashby • Sep 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A former Willard man was fined $1,000 for stealing a credit card from his work supervisor.

Shelby resident Dustin L. Baker, 27, must pay the remaining $60 in restitution to the male victim. The defendant earlier paid $100.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Baker to a 90-day jail sentence on the work release program, which can be imposed or asked to be waived at the discretion of his probation officer. The judge credited him with already serving 34 days, but didn't credit the time toward the 90 days.

Baker used a male victim's credit card to make $107 worth of purchases without authorization, prosecutors said. In June, the defendant pleaded guilty to theft of a credit card for a Jan. 20 incident.

"There's no doubt this was an incredibly stupid thing to do. He would be the first person to admit that. It all started because he had a beef with his supervisor," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Butler started a new job about June 1. He told the judge he's been attending counseling sessions with his pastor and attending church twice a week.

"It looks like he has taken substantial steps to reform," Longo said.

If Baker violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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