The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 16, 2013

Greene sentenced to probation for fraud

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Richard Donald Greene, 27, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for fraud with an access device, but that sentence was suspended while he serves two years probation.

Greene pleaded guilty Sept. 5 to stealing a credit card from a West Virginia State Police dispatcher and making personal purchases.

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman said Greene’s face was not visible at a City Bank ATM, but his clothes and a necklace were. Greene was wearing the same clothes and necklace when he was arrested and confessed to the crime, Truman said.

Public defender Benjamin Hatfield said that Greene was not a convicted felon and he is at an age where he still has a chance to turn his life around.

Hatfield asked Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge Burnside to consider probation, as the crime was nonviolent.

“For the victim’s part, I highly apologize,” Greene said to the court. “I would like to compensate as much as possible. I don’t know if I can ever fix the problem, but I want to make it as good as I can.”

Greene also asked Burnside to grant him probation so he could spend time with his three children.

Burnside granted the motion for probation and ordered Greene to pay restitution to the victim.