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Auto parts scheme nets Bad Axe man jail time

Auto parts scheme nets Bad Axe man jail time

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A Bad Axe man will serve jail time for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain parts from area auto parts stores.

A Bad Axe man will serve jail time for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain parts from area auto parts stores.

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A Bad Axe man will serve jail time for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain parts from an area auto parts store.

John Clark Kester, 34, was sentenced by Judge Gerald M. Prill in Huron County 52nd Circuit Court on Monday morning to 150 days in the county jail and fined $200 after pleading guilty on Jan. 30 to one count of false pretenses with intent to defraud, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a high-court misdemeanor. 

Kester was also ordered to serve two years of probation and pay restitution along with a co-defendant in the amount of $1,174.74. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a conspiracy charge.

Huron County Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski said Kester, along with Christopher Lawrence Thompson of Bad Axe, took part in a scheme to obtain parts from a local auto parts store on credit with no intention of paying for them by charging them to a business with whom one of the men had a prior relationship. The charge was related to incidents that took place on Oct. 4 and Oct. 14 of last year in Bad Axe.

Thompson, who pleaded no contest in Huron County 52nd Circuit Court on Jan. 23 to the same charge, will be sentenced at a later date.