A New Hudson man pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with nearly $1,000 in counterfeit bottle return slips.
Shane Whiteman, 37, and Eric Lowman, 39, cashed fraudulent bottle return slips on multiple occasions at Walmart in Fowlerville between Jan 19 and Jan. 26, a Fowlerville police officer testified in a hearing that led to charges.
Whiteman was charged in January with conducting a criminal enterprise and seven counts of uttering and publishing.
On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of uttering and publishing as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss conducting a criminal enterprise charge, according to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lowman, of Oceola Township, was charged with two counts of uttering and publishing and one count of false pretenses. He is scheduled to appear in front ofLivingston County Circuit Court Judge L. Suzanne Geddis for a pre-trial in August.
The men obtained the bottle slips from a Pontiac man who stole rolls of paper from a Walmart in Warren.
The men are charged as co-defendants and face up to 14 years in prison if convicted as charged.
They are both in the Livingston County Jail. Bond was set at $20,000 for each.