COLUMBIA CITY â€” Health concerns were not enough to keep a man out of jail who was convicted of home improvement fraud.
Wearing a back brace, and walking very slowly, George A. Martin appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and received a five-year sentence for home improvement fraud, a Class C felony.
Judge James Heuer ordered Martin to serve one year of that sentence at the Whitley County Jail, two on home detention, and the last two on probation.
Martinâ€™s attorney, Jill Gonzales, argued health concerns were too great for her client to spend any time behind bars.
â€śWeâ€™re not going to do any good putting him in jail where the state of Indiana is going to have to treat him for his illnesses,â€ť she said. â€śHe has severe back problems, severe heart problems and emphysema.â€ť
In his sentencing, Heuer questioned Martin on the validity of his health issues.
â€śWhen I see you in the courtroom, you look rather frail,â€ť he said. â€śAt Star Bank you didnâ€™t look frail cashing the checks on security footage.â€ť
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