A Woodburn man was sentenced Monday in Allen Superior Court on fraud-related charges and asked by the court to show where the money went so victims can get restitution.
Joseph Cain, 42, of the 16500 block Havenwood Street, was given 12 years, with six to be served and six suspended and two years of probation in a plea deal for his involvement in theft and check fraud prior- or property obtained equal to at least $25,000.
Cain was sentenced on two cases. The first involved three counts of theft, all Class D felonies, and one count of check fraud, a Class C felony. In the second case he had one charge of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony.
In a plea agreement two of the six charges against Cain were dropped, leaving him with a Class C felony for check fraud and three Class D felony charges. Cain has been asked by the court to declare in the next 30 days his total assets in an effort to give the people he admitted to defrauding some restitution. He has been asked to pay back approximately $343,140.23 for the corrupt business influence charge in which he defrauded multiple people and an additional $37,898.02 in the first case where he again defrauded money from numerous people. He had declared he only has $150,000 in assets, which led both Judge John Surbeck Jr. and the prosecution to ask just where the money had gone.
Surbeck said he doubted if Cain would ever be able to make restitution to everyone, which is why he found it difficult to decide if he should lock him up or put him in a situation where he could work it off.