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Mason City man guilty of theft and fraud in can redemption scam


This news story was published on April 24, 2017.
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MASON CITY – A can redemption scam that landed a Mason City couple in jail charged with felonies resulted in a plea deal for one of the accused.

The Mason City Police Department investigated a report of fraudulent refundable deposit tickets being redeemed at a local business. The fake tickets were exchanged for hundreds of dollars in cash.

On Wednesday, January 4, the department served a search warrant at the residence of 35-year-old Joni Michelle Thayer and 34-year-old Kelsey Lewis Thayer in Mason City.

As a result, both Joni Thayer and Kelsey Thayer were taken into custody and each charged with Forgery, a class D felony.

Later, Kelsey Lewis Thayer pled guilty to one count of fraud and fourth-degree theft in the case as other fraud charges were dropped. He was given a suspended 2-year prison term, 2 years of probation, and ordered to pay $800.00 in court fees and costs on the fraud charge. He was given 7 days in jail and ordered to pay $800.25 in fines and court costs on the theft charge.

His accomplice, Joni Thayer, awaits a plea hearing on May 22.

Thayer, Kelsey Lewis

Thayer, Joni Michelle

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