Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Trial set in debit-card case

Defendant pleads not guilty to felony charge


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Michael A. Rodman

A 36-year-old Blaine County man pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony crime of “criminal possession of a financial transaction card.”

Michael A. Rodman entered his plea at arraignment before Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County 5th District Court. Elgee scheduled a jury trial to begin on April 3, 2013.

Elgee advised Rodman that the crime is punishable in Idaho by up to five years in prison.

Rodman, represented by Hailey attorney Christopher Simms under his public defender contract with Blaine County, is currently free on $5,000 bond.

Rodman was charged with the crime for allegedly attempting to use a debit card belonging to another man, and obtained without permission, multiple times for cash withdrawals and merchandise purchases in September at ATMs and businesses in Ketchum.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Ketchum police Sgt. Dave Kassner states that Rodman took the card from a man he was staying with in Sun Valley. Kassner alleged in his report that Rodman attempted unsuccessfully to use the card “26 separate times” on Sept 17 and Sept 18.
Rodman was arrested in Hailey on Sept. 20.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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