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Probation for cashing fake check

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a 29-year-old Illinois man to 18 months on probation and ordered him to pay $1,202 in restitution for check fraud.

Ricardo Watkins, who lists addresses in Chicago and Palos Heights, Ill., admitted he cashed a fraudulent check in July 2011 at Check Into Cash, 1812 165th St., Hammond. The check was purported to have been issued by the treasurer of Schools of Thornton Township, Ill.

Watkins had faced two to eight years on the original forgery charge.

Man admits he took mom’s debit card

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray imposed a one-year sentence for a 32-year-old man who admitted he stole his mother’s debit card and made several withdrawals at ATMs.

Sherman L. Kinchen, who lists addresses in St. Louis, Mo., and Chicago, admitted he stole his mother’s card on June 5 from her wallet while he was at her home in Hammond.

Kinchen’s plea agreement, which spelled out the sentence, prohibits him from asking the judge to reduce his felony conviction to a misdemeanor after he completes his sentence.

Charges of fraud on a financial institution and forgery were dismissed.



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