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Morin gets five years for forgery, theft, deceptive practices

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POLSON – A 32-year-old Great Falls man was recently sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for two counts of forgery and one count each of theft and deceptive practices.

Levi Morin was sentenced in three cases, one by Judge Kim Christopher on Nov. 9 and two by Judge James A. Manley on Nov. 15.

All told, Morin received three sentences of five years each for a total of 15 years with 10 years suspended. The sentences will run consecutively. 

He was charged following a May 11 traffic stop near Finley Point when a police officer found 78 pieces of mail from 34 different people in Morin’s backpack, according to a court document. A number of the checks were stolen from Spring Creek Road in Ronan. 

Morin also was sentenced for cashing a $1,733 check that a man had made out to Discover card. 

According to court records, Morin also tried to cash a U.S. Treasury check for $3,365 in which the payee’s name was washed off and another man’s name inserted. 

Morin told a bank clerk to verify his identity by using his photo from the Department of Corrections’ ConWeb website, which Manley noted in court and suggested Morin not do that again. 

Morin also tried to cash checks for $8,000 and $922 on May 5, court records state. 

He was ordered to pay restitution of $5,074. 

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