A Ripon man was found guilty of credit card fraud for 64 separate transactions and will face jail time.

   Scott R. Newman, 40, W496 Brooklyn J Road, entered a “no contest” plea for one count of credit fraud-use to defraud for an amount greater than $5,000 (Class I felony), one count of theft less than $2,500 (misdemeanor) and four misdemeanors of financial transaction card-fraudulent use that were less than or equal to $2,500 with the modifier of “party to a crime.”

   Newman originally was charged last year when law enforcement was notified by a local Ripon business that he was using a business credit card at Green Lake’s Crossroads Market BP station and the Ripon BP station; these transactions occurred after Newman no longer was working for the business.

   Newman made 52 transactions from 2017 to 2018 at the two locations, totaling around $4,000.

   When he used the business credit card, Newman punched in the pin numbers for other employees at the business. He claims in the criminal complaint he only used those pin numbers because he forgot his own, and that it was not to cover his tracks.

   The Green Lake Circuit Court found Newman guilty Sept. 30 as a result of his “no contest” plea and sentenced him to 144 days of jail for count six: financial transaction card-fraudulent use that was less than or equal to $2,500 with the modifier of “party to a crime.”

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.