2012-10-18 / Front Page

Man to spend 4 months in jail

Charged with forgery in moose lodge investigation

MANISTIQUE – A Wetmore man was recently sentenced to serve up to nine months in jail and pay $6,310 in restitution for a forgery charge.

Ray Eugene Hayford, 57, was arrested in August, following a joint investigation by the Michigan State Police and the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department. Hayford was originally charged with four counts of forgery, each carrying a maximum penalty of up to 14 years in prison, and one count of embezzlement over $1,000, but under $20,000, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from incidents allegedly taking place at the Manistique Moose Lodge. Shortly after being bound over from the 93rd District Court, Hayford entered a plea agreement to one count of forgery. The other three charges, plus one habitual offender – second offence notice, were dismissed.

On Oct. 11, he was ordered to serve four months in jail, with the remaining five months held in abeyance until the end of his two year probationary period. In addition to his $6,310 in restitution, Hayford was also ordered to pay $1,098 in court fines and costs.

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