2018-07-05 / Community

Elkton man pleads guilty to insufficient check charges

By Ben Muir

HURON COUNTY - An Elkton man with a history of alleged home invasion pleaded guilty last week to charges of writing insufficient checks.

James L. Morley, 47, appeared Friday before Judge Gerald M. Prill in Huron County Circuit Court on four counts of writing non-sufficient checks and one count of habitual in the second degree, stemming from three alleged false checks Morley used in the span of 10 days, according to Tim Rutkowski, the county prosecutor. Morley pleaded guilty to each count besides one non-sufficient check charge that was dismissed.

Court filings said Morley is to pay restitution for the alleged insufficient checks, likely amounting between $500-700, Rutkowski estimated, along with $350 in attorney fees.

Rutkowski said the habitual charge increases the maximum penalty from two years to three years in what would likely be county jail. Rutkowski alleges there were at least four more instances of Morley using insufficient checks in recent months, mostly at businesses in Ubly and Elkton, making the check count nearly 10. The additional instances were not included in the charges but were added to the restitution payment, he said.

“And that’s up to this point,” Rutkowski said, “There could be more that come in.”

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