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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 13, March 30, 2008, Article 38

MAN HELD ON $MILLION BOND FOR COIN ROLL CAPER

[The Cincinnati Inquirer published an article this week
on the strange case of a man held in jail on a million-dollar
bond as a result of a 18-year old incident where he was accused
of spending rolls of dimes that turned out to have dimes only
on the end and nothing but cents in between.  The unusual size
of the bond is a result of a quirk in the laws - because of
an unrelated felony conviction, this incident was also treated
as a felony. -Editor]

Gary Weaver had no idea his criminal past would catch up to
him in the oddest way when was arrested Wednesday...

Weaver pleaded guilty to that charge today and Hamilton County
Municipal Court Judge Richard Bernat sentenced Weaver to the
one night he’d already spent in jail.

But court officials also noted Weaver had a warrant for his
arrest on an old theft case – from 1990.

Assistant Prosecutor Betsy Sundermann said the allegations
in that case are that Weaver, on Jan. 12, 1990, walked into
a store and bought items valued at $21.64, paying the bill,
at least in part, with rolls of dimes.

Later, though, store employees discovered the rolls of dimes
actually were rolls of pennies with dimes on each end.

The case, despite a loss of less than $25 if the allegations
are true, was charged as a felony.

Bernat then imposed the original bond on the case.

"How much is that?" Guinan asked because he didn’t have the
bond paperwork on the 18-year-old case.

The answer was $1 million.

That means Weaver is in the jail – that officials say is
overcrowded and in need of replacement – on a bond that is
$999,978.36 higher than the amount he is accused of stealing
18 years ago.

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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