Man faces jail for writing bad check to car dealership.

January 17, 2019

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Man faces jail for writing bad check to car dealership.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 31-year-old Pere Marquette Township man faces serving seven months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term after pleading guilty to false pretenses $1,000-$20,000 for writing a bad check to Urka Auto Center, 3736 W. US 10-31, Amber Township, to buy a vehicle.

Anthony David Vella, of 6282 W. Bryant Rd., pleaded guilty to the false pretenses charge Thursday, Jan. 17, as well as a change of meth possession in a separate case.

“I went into Urka Auto Center and wrote a check for a vehicle that I did not have money for,” Vella testified.

Vella testified that he was in possession of “less than a gram” of meth regarding his other criminal case.

His sentence will include probation and a substance abuse evaluation, said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor John Middlebrook. Sentencing guidelines in the meth case are 0-17 months and 7-23 months in the false pretenses case

Charges of false pretenses $20,000 or more and uttering and publishing were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Vella, who is currently lodged in the Muskegon County Jail, will serve out the remainder of his time in the Mason County Jail.

Sentencing is set for March 5 at 2:30 p.m.

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