Ankle monitor ordered off identity thief

Cary Ashby • Jun 28, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A judge ordered an ankle monitor taken off a convicted identity thief Thursday.

Bucyrus resident Jessica L. Heil, 32, had been on an ankle monitor as part of her $10,000 bond. She was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a sentencing hearing Thursday.

In mid-May, Heil pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a similar charge stemming from the same May 16, 2011 incident.

"Jessica indicated she paid her sister back," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

"Financial desperation is what caused this. That's why we're here today," he said. "She's not a dishonest person. She doesn't use drugs."

Heil, who now works 80 hours a week, told Judge Jim Conway the circumstances that led to the theft from her sister was during "a bad time."

As part of her two years of probation, Heil must pay up to $250 in restitution to her sister and was fined $500. The judge also imposed a 30-day discretionary jail term, but told Heil it's likely her probation officer would request to have the sentence waived if she continues to do well on community control sanctions. A violation would result in a one-year prison term.

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