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Lorain man ordered to repay scam victims

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Johnathan Trunk, 26, now of Huron, was accused of soliciting thousands of dollars from at least seven victims after a storm wrecked havoc and hail on several Ottawa County homes in summer 2012.

He claimed to be working for DaVinci Home Exteriors out of Lorain.

Ottawa County prosecutors originally alleged he cashed checks for more than $26,000 — $11,000 from one victim alone.

But in September, Trunk and his attorney, Jack Bradley, struck a deal, and he pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree felony theft charges, one in each of the three criminal cases filed against him.

At his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters sentenced Trunk to probation and ordered him to pay back a total of about $22,000, assistant prosecutor Andy Bigler said.

“That’s what the attorneys agreed on for restitution on all the victims from all the cases,” he said.

“He’ll be required to make payments in the usual condition of probation,” Bigler said.

As long as Trunk keeps making payments and follows the other rules of probation, he’ll stay out of prison.

A fifth-degree felony is punishable by up to one year in prison.

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