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MAHONING CO. Check bouncer repeat offender



Published: Thu, June 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Marino pleaded guilty to other bad check charges in March.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County man already sentenced to a three-year prison term for passing bad checks faces a possible additional four years on more bad check and theft charges.

Robert S. Marino, 30, who listed addresses in Canfield and Boardman, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Maureen A. Cronin in common pleas court to two counts of passing bad checks and one count of theft.

Marino was accused of writing a $16,000 check on an account he knew to be closed and paying for a vehicle from RPM Motors on Canfield Road. He also was accused of stealing a check and cashing it at a local bank in January. Both crimes occurred earlier this year.

Judge Cronin told Marino, represented by Atty. David Gerchak, that he faces a possible four years in prison if she rules the sentences should be served consecutively.

She delayed sentencing until next week to allow the victims to be present.

Past offenses

Judge James C. Evans sentenced Marino to prison in March on several other passing-bad-check charges on crimes committed in 2003 and 2004.

Court records show he pleaded guilty to 13 counts of passing fraudulent checks. Judge Evans sentenced him to a total of three years in prison for all of them.

In addition, Judge Evans ordered him to pay a total of $10,765 in restitution to all victims upon his release from prison.

Gerchak has appealed Judge Evans' sentence to the 7th District Court of Appeals and asked for a stay of execution of sentence until that appeal is heard. Marino remains in the county jail.

Judge Evans denied Gerchak's motion for a stay of execution in May.




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