MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced three men and one woman for various felony crimes, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher.
Michael L. Wallace, 22, Mount Vernon, was convicted of identity fraud for using a deceased relative’s name on Oct. 5, 2008, to apply for a $1,000 loan from a local credit union over the Internet. Cpl. Scott McKnight, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Also, Wallace was convicted of stealing $1,016 from a 75-year-old Connecticut resident and for stealing $1,700 from a victim in New York by selling non-existent gold coins to the victims through the Internet in March. Detective Sgt. Gary Rohler investigated the case.
Thatcher said Wallace was sentenced to a suspended 17-month prison sentence and a three-year term of community control supervision, as well as ordered to serve 60 days in jail. Further, Eyster ordered Wallace to pay restitution to the crime victims in the total amount of $2,716.
Brett A. Beauchamp, 20, Mount Vernon, received a 17-month suspended prison sentence and three-year term of community control supervision for breaking into a garage on Elizabeth Street in Mount Vernon, on March 13. MVPD officers later found Beauchamp and a co-defendant in possession of three firearms and other property stolen from the garage at a residence they shared at the time on East Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon.
Beauchamp was also convicted of tampering with evidence. Beauchamp was sentenced to serve 120 days in the Knox County Jail. In addition, Eyster ordered Beauchamp to attend an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility upon release from jail, as well as pay restitution owed to the victims in the amount of $1,305.45.
Christy D. Martinez, 33, Mount Vernon, was convicted of passing a bad check and two counts of theft by deception. Thatcher said that on May 1, Martinez wrote an $876 check to her landlord on an invalid bank account. On Sept. 22, 2006, while employed as a secretary at a local doctor’s office, Martinez cashed a $1,439.25 check made payable to the doctor by using his signature stamp and then signing her own name as the second endorsement. From Feb. 21 to Oct. 5, 2006, she stole $2,700 from the doctor by pocketing his patients’ cash payments.
Thatcher said Martinez was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision with an 11-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay $5,015.25 in restitution to the crime victims. Detective Sgt. Jeff Jacobs of the Mount Vernon Police Department investigated this case.
Robert T. Osborne, 21, Pickerington, was convicted of one count of receiving stolen property for possessing musical instruments stolen from the store warehouse where he worked as a temporary employee prior to Sept. 28, 2007. Osborne was sentenced to an 11-month suspended prison sentence and a three-year term of community control supervision.
Eyster also sentenced Osborne to serve 60 days in the Knox County Jail and ordered him to undergo drug and alcohol treatment and monitoring and obtain and maintain full-time employment. Patrolman Matt Jones, MVPD, investigated the case.