Man sent to jail for using counterfeit money to buy vehicle.

July 24, 2019

William Weland with his attorney, Doug Stevenson.

Man sent to jail for using counterfeit money to buy vehicle.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 29-year-old Lake City man was sentenced to serve seven months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term Tuesday, July 23, in 51st Circuit Court for a conviction of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills.

William Eric Weland, of 828 N. Morely Rd., used $300 in counterfeit money to buy a vehicle.

“Mr. Weland purchased a vehicle with $300 in counterfeit money and took off very quickly before the victim had a chance to look at the money,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Weland also faced charges of uttering and publishing a state warrant, receiving and concealing stolen property, and fourth offense habitual offender, which were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are two to 25 months.

Weland was also ordered to two years probation and must pay $400 in restitution, which includes $100 to pay for the victim’s travel expenses.

He received credit for 146 days served in jail.

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