Man sentenced, fined after WIC theft

A Fostoria man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for illegally using WIC program benefits and for illegally using someone else’s credit card last year.

Robert Allen Jr., 35, who pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony charges of misuse of a credit card, forgery and receiving stolen property, as well as illegal use of supplemental nutrition or WIC program benefits, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last week by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley.

The charges stemmed from two separate cases, according to court documents.

In Allen’s indictments, it states he used a credit card without permission and also forged the owner’s name. The misuse occurred within a 90-day period and the total amount defrauded exceeded $1,000.

Allen also illegally used transfer supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits in August 2012, according to his indictment.

Allen was ordered by Kelbley to pay $364.14 in restitution to the victim and pay $1,268.73 in restitution to Fifth-Third Bank.