LIMA — A Lima man was sentenced to six months in jail for his part in a scam against several residents in the Shawnee area in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.
Judge David Cheney was quick to warn Brady Hoop, 22, that he was running out of chances.
Cheney had Hoop sign a green paper that he must carry with him at all times, which Cheney described as a “one-way ticket to prison.”
“You see that green piece of paper,” Cheney said. “It is a green light to prison if I see you back in this courtroom.”
Cheney chastised Hoop for his past record, which included several felony charges, including burglary and receiving stolen property.
Hoop pleaded guilty to two charges of theft from the elderly, both fifth-degree felonies.
Hoop was the second person sentenced in a crime taking place in April 2014. Joshua Hinshaw, 22, also of Lima, was arrested after someone he attempted to collect money from notified police. Police said Hinshaw and another person were going door to door in Shawnee Township near Fort Amanda Road and Hanthorne Drive and Hoop was later identified.
Shawnee Township Police Department investigators said Hinshaw and another person were going door to door in Shawnee Township trying to collect money under the ruse they were Shawnee High School baseball players trying to raise money for a trip to Florida. Hinshaw was given the same sentence in July of last year.
According to court records, money collected during the scam had been returned to all residents that reported it, holding off orders of restitution and possibly helping prevent a prison trip.
Hoop mostly remained quiet, answering Cheney with mostly “yes, sir” or “no, sir” answers when addressed.
Cheney said the crime has many unseen victims, as legitimate people collecting for causes could be refused because residents would be reluctant for fear of being scammed.
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