Ohio trio enters pleas on alleged short-changing spree


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Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012, 7:37 pm
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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE -- An Ohio trio charged with felony theft in a short-changing operation in Geneseo have pleaded guilty in Henry County Circuit Court.

Vanessa Garltic, 39, of Struthers, entered a negotiated guilty plea to Class 3 felony theft and was sentenced to 30 months conditional discharge, 120 days in jail and fined $1,000 plus court costs.

James Minerd, Jr., no age available, entered a negotiated guilty plea to Class 3 felony theft and was sentenced to 30 months conditional discharge, 90 days in jail and fined $750 plus court costs.

Lisa Fox, no age available, pleaded guilty to Class 3 felony theft and Class A misdemeanor attempted theft and was sentenced to 30 months conditional discharge, 180 days in jail and fined $1,000 plus court costs. She also was sentenced to 364 days in jail with credit for time served and day-for-day credit.

All three were ordered to pay $20 restitution to McDonald's and $20 restitution to Fareway for paying for food with a $50 bill and claiming to have received incorrect change afterwards, then accepting an additional $20.

According to earlier court testimony, Ms. Garltic told officers she had taken $1,700 out of the bank for the scheme. When they were taken into custody, the two women had $2,300.

Judge Ted Hamer accepted their pleas.Charges were filed on Oct. 25.Four other counts on each were dismissed.














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