A Shenandoah County man must serve jail time for credit card fraud and related charges.
Retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Alton Fontay Jones in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to three years in a state penitentiary with two years and one month suspended for committing credit card theft and the same punishment, to run concurrently, for a charge of credit card fraud. Hupp ordered Jones to complete three years of supervised probation.
Jones, 41, of Edinburg, must pay $4,220 in restitution to the victims as a condition of his probation, the judge ordered.
Hupp also sentenced Jones to three-year terms, all suspended, for each of three counts of credit card theft; three-year terms, all suspended, for each of three counts of credit card fraud; two-year terms, all suspended, for each of four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses; and one-year terms, all suspended, for each of four counts of identity theft.
Hupp sentenced Jones to the terms as included in a plea agreement reached between his lawyer, Kermit L. Racey II, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda M. Wiseley. The agreement called for Jones to plead guilty to the charges under Alford v. North Carolina by which the defendant retains his innocence but acknowledges that a guilty plea is in his best interest. Judge Clark A. Ritchie accepted the plea agreement Nov. 9.
Hupp granted the commonwealth’s motion, per the plea agreement, to dismiss Jones’ remaining charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and additional counts of credit card theft, credit card fraud, identity theft and obtaining money by false pretenses.