By MARLO BARNHART
Sentencing was postponed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for a Funkstown man who admitted stealing nearly $46,000 by fraudulently using his mother-in-law's name on bogus credit cards and forged checks.
John Ellsworth Brantner Jr., 50, faces the possibility of 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of felony theft and one count of theft by scheme.
As part of the plea agreement, Brantner will be ordered to make restitution of nearly $46,000.
The charges were brought last June after a lengthy investigation by Hagerstown City Police Detective George Brandt, former Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Rick Ziolkowski and U.S. Secret Service Agent Wayne Paret.