Counterfeiter sentenced to 18 months in jail

Paul Owen Fincham, the Castleton man charged with multiple counts of producing counterfeit bills, was among five defendants sentenced in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Thursday morning (Jan. 3); he received an 18-month sentence.

Also, Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8), a trial date was set for James Warren Cox, the 63-year-old Alexandria man charged with reckless driving after his car plowed into a group of motorcyclists heading into Sperryville from Shenandoah National Park Nov. 11, killing one of the riders and hospitalizing several others. Cox’s trial on the misdemeanor charge is April 16.

Wednesday morning (Jan. 9), a trial date was set for Castleton resident Joseph Anthony Lenchick, who is facing child abuse and cruelty charges. Lenchick and his attorney Kirk Milam requested a jury for the trial, which is now scheduled for April 4.

In his last court appearance, Fincham, 28, pleaded guilty to six counts of forging bank notes and one count of owning counterfeiting equipment. Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff had previously presented evidence that police received a call May 6 from Robert Corbin of Culpeper, who said he had received money from Fincham in repayment of a personal loan. When Corbin attempted to spend the four $50 bills and three $10 bills, Goff said, he discovered they were fake.

Capt. J.C. Welch of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and two U.S. Secret Service agents went to Fincham’s residence May 9 to investigate. According to Goff’s report, an initial search revealed a printer and fresh $10 bill in a file cabinet drawer; it had not yet been cut from the paper it was printed on.

Goff urged Judge Jeffrey W. Parker to consider Fincham’s “rather lengthy criminal history” when sentencing him. “He needs to realize he has to shape up,” Goff said. “This young man is running out of runway.”

Parker sentenced Fincham to two years in jail for each of the first three forgery charges, to be run concurrently with one another; two years per on the second three forgery charges (concurrent with each other but consecutively to the first three); two years for owning the counterfeiting equipment; and two years of supervised probation.

Parker then suspended all but 18 months of the six year sentence, and advised Fincham not to squander his next chance.

“Forgery is not a good career for you,” Parker told Fincham. “I’m telling you flat out – I’m cutting you a break here.”

Heather Leah Dodson, 33, of Viewtown, who had already pleaded guilty in an earlier court appearance, was sentenced on one count of distributing/possessing a schedule I/II drug (oxycodone). Goff’s presentation of evidence noted that on Jan. 19 a confidential informant for the Blue Ridge Task Force purchased oxycodone pills from Dodson for $25 each.

“I made a serious mistake; I never should have done it,” Dodson said. “I know that now and I’m paying for it.”

“I make so secret about my disdain for drug distribution,” Parker told Dodson. “I have a very hostile, negative view of it,” he continued.

Parker sentenced Dodson to five years in jail (all but 10 months suspended) and two years of supervised probation. Dodson must also complete a substance abuse program.

Amissville resident Christopher Ryan Guevara, 20, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault and battery. Goff said on Nov. 25, Guevara, who had been out drinking, arrived at the home he shared with his girlfriend Brittany Cooke. Goff said they got into an argument where Guevara kept asking Cooke for their child’s social security card. When Cooke refused to give it to him, Goff said, Guevara threw her to the ground, pinned her down and hit her several times. Cooke reported the incident the next morning; her phone was broken during the fight.

“I’d just like to say I’m very sorry, especially to Brittany,” said Guevara in court. “It was a terrible mistake on my part.”

Guevara was sentenced to six months in jail (all of it suspended) and one year of supervised probation, during which time he must exhibit good behavior. “I would highly recommend that you not come back here,” Parker said after sentencing him.

Shawn Anthony Painter, a 27-year-old Stanley resident charged with two counts of writing bad checks of less than $200, pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced. According to Goff’s presentation of the evidence, Painter wrote two checks in May 2012 – one to the Quicke Mart on U.S. 211 and one to Baldwin’s Grocery Store – which were both returned due to insufficient funds in Painter’s account. Goff also noted that Painter had already paid both merchants full restitution.

Parker sentenced Painter to 12 months for the first charge (six months suspended), 12 months on the second charge (all suspended) and a year of supervised probation.

Harrison Fillmore Mauck, 49, of Manassas, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated – his third DWI. Parker sentenced him to one year in jail (nine months suspended), 18 months of supervised probation, fined him $1,000, ruled that Mauck attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sessions and revoked his driver’s license indefinitely.