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W.Va. man who used grandmother's ATM card sentenced to 2 years

March 02, 2001

W.Va. man who used grandmother's ATM card sentenced to 2 years



A West Virginia man who admitted using his grandmother's ATM card to steal money from her last fall was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to two years in prison.

Sean Robert Giffin, 19, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was given credit for time served since Jan. 23, when he returned from Florida and gave himself up, according to court records.

While the balance of his sentence was suspended by Judge Frederick Wright, Giffin remained in jail on bad check charges pending in Washington County District Court, according to court records.

Giffin pleaded guilty Thursday to theft/scheme, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes. Misdemeanor theft and using credit card of another charges were dropped in exchange for that plea.

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Rozes told Wright that Giffin used his grandmother's ATM card in late October 1999, making withdrawals totaling $450 from three Home Federal branches.

Wright ordered restitution in that amount be paid during his three years on probation.

There were two additional withdrawals made from banks outside the city limits which were investigated by Maryland State Police.

- Marlo Barnhart

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