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Man who forged inmate checks sentenced to probation


ELYRIA — A Lorain man who was creating counterfeit checks that drew on a Lorain County Jail bank account that held money for inmates has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Robert Dripcheck, 29, was also ordered to pay $3,755.45 in restitution for the checks that he and several other former jail prisoners cashed.

Dripcheck pleaded guilty last year to eight counts of forgery and a single count of theft, according to court records.

According to investigators, about 80 checks were counterfeited and cashed, with about $16,800 being paid out before jail officials discovered the problem. Most of the checks were cashed in Elyria and Lorain beginning in May.

Although the checks were similar to checks issued by the jail to inmates who were being released from jail, they were not the same. The checks came from an account into which prisoners being booked into the jail placed cash, which was released back to them when they left the jail.

The checks were created using a printer and a computer, according to a search warrant filed in the case.

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