Four men from New York, who were indicted on a total of 53 charges, including 40 counts of forgery, were sentenced Friday, Oct. 6, in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
The four were arrested Sunday, June 25, after a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
They were taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, where they were released after posting bond.
The four men are Asif Baksh, 23, and Saif Ali, 20, South Ozone Park, N.Y.; Dylan Salamalay, 21, Hollis, N.Y.; and Rajiv Dudhnath, 19, Richmond Hill, N.Y.
They were each indicted on July 17 on ten counts of forgery, one count of possessing criminal tools, and one count of receiving stolen property. Salamalay was indicted on an additional count of tampering with evidence.
In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney said on or about June 25, each man “forged credit cards and received WalMart gift cards valued at more than $7,500, but less than $150,000, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that they had been stolen.”
All four entered guilty pleas to single counts of forgery and receiving stolen property. Each was fined $500 and was ordered to pay the cost of prosecution. All were placed on one year of community control.
Dudhnath and Ali were each sentenced to six days in jail, with credit for time served. Salamalay received a four-day jail sentence, with credit for time served. Baksh did not receive a jail sentence.
If any of them fail to abide by the conditions of their sentence, they could be eligible for a prison sentence of up to 12 months.