A Finksburg man was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in four cases that involved forging and passing stolen checks and using stolen credit cards to obtain cash and merchandise, court records show.
According to the plea bargain, James T. Small, 45, agreed not to dispute the facts against him and to pay restitution of more than $850.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Small guilty in each case and sentenced him to five years on one count of forgery before suspending two years. Burns also sentenced him to three-year terms in three other cases involving theft, forgery and uttering concurrent to the first forgery count.
Prosecutors agreed to drop all remaining counts in the four cases and placed seven similar cases against Small on the court's inactive docket, meaning they likely will be dropped if he has no further legal difficulties for one year after completing his sentences.
After he is released, Small will be placed on five years' probation.
According to the statement of facts against Small, he took checks and credit cards from his landlord and others in April and May, soon after he was released from jail for unrelated charges in Adams County, Pa.
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