Rockland man nets 21 months for felony forgery, theft
Rockland — A 29-year-old Rockland man was sentenced to serve 21 months in prison after he admitted to forging more than $4,000 in checks.
Casey Collins said March 24 in Knox County Superior Court he regrets what he did and is willing to take responsibility for his bad decisions. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm accepted a jointly recommended sentence from the state and defense attorney Jeremy Pratt of 21 months for seven criminal charges against Collins in three cases.
Collins was also ordered to pay $4,100 in restitution.
Collins pleaded guilty to two counts of felony forgery, two counts of felony theft, two counts of bail violations and one misdemeanor count of operating after revocation.
According to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody, Collins received a $32 check from Kip's Seafood in Cushing, and Collins then altered the check to read $932 and cashed it.
He also stole a check from another victim, and cashed it in the amount of $3,200.
Collins was convicted of burglary in 2003 and 2007, and theft in 2007 and 2011, designating the current charges of theft and forgery felony level charges.
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