Car salesman Tim Newman, indicted last month for reportedly defrauding customers, will remain in jail until a probation officer decides if he's a flight risk.
Newman's attorney, Loretta Riddle, asked Erie County Common Pleas Court visiting Judge Michael Corrigan to reduce her client's $120,000 bond so he can go home and run his business while his cases are pending.
"He's a long-standing member of the community," Riddle said at a hearing Friday. "He is not going anywhere."
Newman, 50, owns and operates the Newman Motors car dealership at 1033 Cleveland Road.
He was indicted in January and has since pleaded not guilty to 25 charges, including counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft and motor vehicle title violations.
He is also in bankruptcy proceedings, Riddle said, which makes it impossible for him to meet such a high bond.
Newman also can't afford an attorney, so Riddle offered to represent him in a case filed in July, if the public defender's office approves.
Newman will likely have to find a different attorney to handle the case tied to his January indictment.
Perkins police charged Newman in July for allegedly defrauding Vacationland Credit Union by forging signatures on insurance claim checks. His co-defendant in the case, Nicholas Lesch, also appeared Friday in court with Newman.
Lesch is accused of forging an endorsement on loan paperwork related to Newman's claim checks. Lesch told police he didn't know what they were doing was illegal.
Newman offered Lesch $2,000 to forge the signature, though Lesch declined, insisting that Newman give him work for the money, according to police.
Erie County assistant prosecutor Pamela Gross and Lesch's attorney both told Corrigan they were close to reaching a plea deal in exchange for Lesch testifying against Newman.
Corrigan said he will rule on Newman's request for a bond reduction after getting recommendations from the county's probation department on Feb. 8. He'll also likely set a trial date for the July case at that time.