December 30, 2013

Woolwich man gets two years in prison for writing bad checks

David Gillison pleaded guilty to seven Kennebec County charges and must also pay restitution to victims, including businesses in Augusta, Windsor, Belgrade and Randolph.

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A Woolwich man who spent last spring writing bad checks at Kennebec County retailers and a credit union was sentenced Monday to two years in prison and ordered to repay $3,425 restitution.

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David W. Gillison

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David W. Gillison, 32, pleaded guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court to seven separate charges, all theft-related.

In most of the incidents, he created a fictitious bank account number for DG Auto of Whitefield, that he then wrote checks against.

The business address, according to Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt, was the location of Gillison’s sister’s home, and the sister said no business ever existed there.

Gillison pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by deception and one count each of negotiating a worthless instrument, forgery, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violation of conditions of release. The offenses took place between April 10 and May 16.

The victims named in the complaints included Goggins IGA in Randolph, Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, and New Dimensions Federal Credit Union in Augusta as well as a private individual to whom Gillison wrote a check. Gillison also agreed to repay $250 for a bad check he wrote at Christy’s Store in Belgrade, Pratt said. That was not brought as a separate charge.

Gillison was previously convicted in other counties of forgery, negotiating a worthless instrument and theft.

While he offered no explanation for his behavior to Justice Robert W. Clifford, Pratt said Gillison told an investigating officer “he was going through a tough time financially.”

The sentence was jointly recommended by Pratt and Gillison’s attorney, Harold Hainke.

Clifford set a July 1, 2016, hearing for Gillison to explain how he will repay restitution if he has not done so already.

Hainke said Gillison’s release date from prison is estimated to be June 2016.

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