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Man faces prison, $99,000 in restitution

March 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A former Punxsutawney man was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including identity theft, with a total of $99,000 owed in restitution.

Michael J. Lainey, c/o the Jefferson County jail, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity theft, access device fraud and various other charges mostly involving Gilman Lainey of Punxsy, the defendant’s father, from whom he stole $90,771.

During his sentencing Wednesday, Lainey told Judge John H. Foradora that he had apologized to his father face-to-face, and that he — his father — had forgiven him.

Lainey said he was ready to begin paying back his debt.

Lainey also owed $7,156 to Sears/Citibank; $900 to Comet Markets; $161 to Brian Anthony; and $13 to Jesse Collier.

He was charged with numerous counts of identity theft; forgery; theft by deception; bad checks; 19 counts of access device fraud; theft by unlawful taking; and receiving stolen property.

Foradora sentenced him to a minimum of four-and-a-half years to a total maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility with credit for time served.

He is not eligible for RRRI, a sentencing program that gives mostly non-violent offenders an opportunity to get out of jail early, without meeting Pennsylvania’s parole board if they comply with a host of requirements.

Lainey’s attorney, Eric J. Yandrich, asked Foradora not to sentence him to jail time so he could get a job and start paying back his restitution to his father and other victims.

Foradora agreed that Lainey must begin paying back his huge debt, but he also believed that due to the large amount of money that was taken, he must serve jail time.

Foradora also sentenced Lainey to 22 years of probation.

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