Cali. man ordered to pay more than $15K after stealing from Catholic center

Wakewood pleaded guilty to stealing from the Newman Catholic Center

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A 32-year-old man from California was sentenced in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday for forging checks from a Catholic center at the University of Massachusetts.

According to Mary Carey of the Northwestern DA’s office, Andrew J. Wakewood of Yucca Valley, California, pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts of larceny over $250.

Wakewood stole over $15,000 from the Newman Catholic Center at UMass in early 2015. Carey said he forged 12 checks, which he got from a previous business transaction with the center.

Wakewood was indicted by a grand jury in December and later arrested and extradited to Massachusetts, Carey said. He has been held without bail at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction since then.

“The Amherst Police Department went to great lengths to investigate this case, including sending its lead detective across the country to track down the defendant in the deserts of California. Through the tenacious efforts of Sergeant Brian Daly, justice was served in this case,” said First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne, who prosecuted the case.

Carey said Wakewood was sentenced by Judge Richard Carey to 64 days in jail, with credit for time served, and placed on probation for 4 years. He was also ordered to pay $15,788 in restitution.

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