Man gets year for Internet fraud
A Gardnerville resident who was charged in connection with internet fraud was sentenced Monday in District Court to one year in jail.
David Reynolds, 32, previously pleaded no contest to attempted obtaining of a signature by false pretenses, a category E felony, and conspiracy to defraud another of property, a gross misdemeanor.
Judge Michael Gibbons also sentenced Reynolds to a suspended prison sentence of 1-4 years. If he commits any violations during the five years of probation, he might have to go to prison. Gibbons recommended Reynolds for the work release program while he was in jail.
He will have to pay restitution totalling $49,000. He is also not allowed to have an Internet business and must submit to search and seizure for any evidence of an Internet business or alcohol.
After his release, he must obtain full time employment and designate at lease 50 percent of his paycheck to the restitution payments. He also must complete 100 hours of community service.
Reynolds’ attorney, Michael Roeser, said his client had already made about $13,000 in restitution, but had no proof because it was seized by officers during a search of his house. They will attempt to recover proof and bring it to the court.
Roeser said Reynolds has already been convicted of felonies involving forgery in 1991. He also had misdemeanor convictions of writing bad checks and theft.
Reynolds’ wife came forward to speak on her husband’s behalf. She said her husband was a good man who is trying to turn his life around.
“For the first time in his entire life, he is trying to change. I don’t believe he committed a crime. He wants to do good. He has made mistakes and he wants to pay restitution and wants to get a good job,” she said.
Roeser said Reynolds admits to deceiving people about their orders to his computer building business, but said Reynolds got in over his head and never had intentions to defraud people.
“He screwed up. It got bigger than he could handle. He has a lack of education and lack of business knowledge. He is not good with the written language,” Roeser said.
Roeser asked that Reynolds be able to get probation so he could start a new job and start paying back victims.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said Reynolds continues to minimize his crime and refuses to take responsibility, instead, blaming everyone around him.
“He has used every technique of avoidance instead of correction,” he said. “He’s a con man and he’s a liar. He tries to sterilize his role in the whole thing. There is no question he needs to be downstairs (in the Douglas County Jail) for a whole year.”
Reynolds also spoke to the judge before he was sentenced.
“When I started my business in April, I did it with the theory of producing good quality computers. I certainly didn’t intend for it to get out of hand and for that, I’m guilty,” he said. “I’ve always felt my clients were the victims. They trusted me to build them a good computer and I let them down. I’m sorry I couldn’t fulfill the contract.”
Reynolds said he first got behind because a computer parts manufacturer refused to fill his order and refused to return half the $30,000 he sent them.
Gibbons said he didn’t believe Reynolds had any good intentions.
“The court believes you have committed a crime and conned people out of money. You have prior convictions related to theft and have been in jail before. You know what happens when you commit a crime. This is not a business deal gone bad. I hope you read the letters from the victims to see how you destroyed their businesses,” he said.
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