WASHBURN COUNTY -- A Minong, WI man facing felony charges in Washburn County Circuit Court for Theft by Contractor has changed his plea and entered into a Deferred Sentence Agreement.
DrydenWire.com reported in May 2020, that Larry Block, of Minong, WI, was facing felony charges for Class G Felony Theft by Contractor >$10,000 - $100,000 in Washburn County Circuit Court. The complaint filed against Block stated that between August 2019 and November 2019, Block received $56,800 from a client for purposes of improving a property and constructing a home, however, he failed to use the money to provide the work agreed upon.
Online circuit court records show that Block appeared most recently for a hearing on March 11, 2021, and changed his plea from Not Guilty to No Contest on the Washburn County criminal charges.
Block also entered a plea of guilty to an additional charge of Misdemeanor Theft-Movable Property <=$2500.
The Court accepted Block’s pleas and found him guilty of those charges. The Court also accepted a 24-month-Deferred Sentence Agreement agreed upon by Block’s defense counsel and prosecution for the State regarding Block’s felony conviction.
The Court ordered a sentence of 1 year of probation on Block’s conviction of Misdemeanor Theft-Movable Property <=$2500.
Detailed requirements of Block’s probation and deferred sentence agreement were not listed in online circuit court records at the time of this post. A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 2021 to determine the total amount of restitution owed by Block on the Washburn County case.
Block is also facing felony charges in Sawyer County Circuit Court for Class G Felony Theft by Contractor with an offense date of July 20, 2017, listed. A civil suit has also been filed against Block in Douglas County Circuit Court by Lampert Yards, according to online circuit court records. Block is scheduled to appear again on those court cases later this year.
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