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Ambulance Drivers Sentenced In Credit Card Case



A Swanton couple has been sentenced to 14 days in jail and two years of community control for using a stolen Fulton County credit card to make more than $9,600 in purchases.

In a press release, Paul Kennedy, assistant county prosecuting attorney, said Michael and Ashley Smith, 31 and 27, respectively, Swanton, were employees of the Fulton County Non- Emergency Transport Service as drivers.

Between May 4-Dec. 16, 2013, Kennedy said the couple used the stolen credit card to make personal purchases.

The two were originally indicted on three counts of misuse of credit cards, grand theft, and receiving stolen property by the Fulton County Grand Jury on March 17.

Michael entered a guilty plea to one count each of receiving stolen property and misuse of credit cards on May 7; Ashley entered guilty pleas to the same charges May 27.

In Fulton County Common Pleas Court, they were sentenced to 14 days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio with work release if eligible.

They were placed on two years community control, ordered to pay $9,636.16 in restitution to Fulton County, seek and maintain employment, complete drug-alcohol treatment, stay out of bars/ taverns, not to possess or consume alcohol, and abide by an 11 pm to 6 am curfew.

Failure to comply could result in each serving 11 months in prison.

Five others were sentenced recently:

•Pacio Champada, 30, Delta; previously found guilty by a jury on June 13 of burglary, grand theft, theft, and having weapons while under disability; between Nov. 8-10, 2013, broke into a rural Delta home and took a BB gun, gun safe, television, money, gift cards, ammunition, knives and gun cases; indicted March 17; sentenced to 47 months in prison, ordered to have no contact with victim.

•Danielle Figy, 30, Wauseon; originally indicted March 17 on charges of burglary, grand theft, theft, and having weapons while under disability; pled guilty June 4 to amended charge of complicity to commit burglary; sentenced to 12 months in prison; ordered to make $2,125 restitution; her 2000-model car was ordered forfeited; in a separate case, Figy previously pled guilty to trafficking in heroin; from March 15-16, sold heroin; sentenced to 8 months in prison, to be served consecutively with the 12 months from the complicity to commit burglary charge. Total time: 20 months.

•Seth Bowser, 31, Delta; previously pled guilty to attempted burglary; on March 22, attempted to break into a residence on Co. Rd. 5-2, Delta; attempted break-in re- ported by a neighbor; sentenced to 16 months in prison.

•Justin Soules, 22, Delta; previously pled guilty to two counts, aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count each, trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in heroin; in September and October 2013, sold marijuana, heroin, and the prescription painkiller Percocet; sentenced to 24 months of community control; ordered to obtain General Education Development certificate, seek and maintain employment, abide by a 10 pm to 6 am curfew, pay $415 in restitution to Multi-Area Narcotics Drug Task Force (MAN Unit), complete SEARCH program; driver license suspended for six months, work privileges granted; failure to comply could result in 24 months in prison.

•Justin Buehrer, Delta, previously pled guilty to trafficking in marijuana; on Sept. 10, 2013, sold marijuana; sentenced to seven days at CCNO; placed on two years community control; ordered to make $285 restitution to MAN Unit; driver license suspended for six months, abide by a 10 pm to 6 am curfew, stay out of bars-taverns, not to possess alcohol or illegal drugs, seek and maintain employment, complete drug treatment; failure to comply could result in nine-month prison sentence.



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