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Man sentenced for using fraudulent check to purchase Clearfield County home

Clearfield – A man will serve up to six years in state prison on felony theft charges for using a fraudulent check for over $197,000 to purchase a home in Clearfield County.

60-year-old James Schubert was sentenced in Clearfield County Court Monday.

According to court documents, Schubert gave the victim a fraudulent cashier’s check from a Pittsburgh bank in July 2020 and moved into the Lawrence Township house.

It was later discovered that the routing number on the check was not the correct number for the bank, and the account number did not exist at that bank.

Court documents indicate that Schubert has a long history of thefts in Pennsylvania dating back to the 1980s.

During the sentencing, Clearfield County President Judge Frederic Ammerman referred to Schubert as a “career criminal” who has “been around.”