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Bogus check writer not allowed to have checking account during probation

Cary Ashby • Dec 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

A man convicted of writing a bad check to a Willard jewelry store isn't allowed to have a checking account during his three years of probation.

In late October, Wood County resident Michael T. Robinson, 50, pleaded guilty for a February 2012 incident. The defendant earlier turned in the $4,060 in restitution to the Huron County Clerk of Court's Office.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, who gave Robinson a 90-discretionary jail term Thursday, warned the defendant he was giving him "much more than a second chance." The judge also told Robinson he was walking a thin line and likely will receive a one-year prison term if there's a probation violation.

Robinson's criminal record includes 60 to 70 misdemeanor charges, six prison terms and multiple probation violations.

"The victim was satisfied with probation because of the return of the funds," Conway said.

As part of his probation, Robinson also must pay a $250 fine.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Robinson wrote the bogus check before he served an Ashland County prison term for passing bad checks. The Huron County offense took place at a Blossom Center business in Willard. Prosecutors have said Robinson wrote a check some merchandise on a closed account.

"He didn't have time to make it good before he went," Longo said.

Robinson has a pending sentencing hearing in Seneca County.

"He finished paying restitution in Seneca County," said Longo, who requested a discretionary jail term because Robinson oversees a roofing business and has been paying his bills and child support orders.

"I'm doing all I can," Robinson told the judge and asked Conway to "look past" his lengthy criminal record and see that he's trying to change.

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