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600-pound man pleads guilty in food scams

SANFORD — A 600-pound man accused of stealing food or conning local businesses out of refunds was too big and too sick to come to court Wednesday, so he stayed in his nursing home and his attorney pleaded no contest on his behalf.

Thus ended the five most recent Seminole County criminal cases against George Jolicoeur, a 38-year-old Sanford man who — time after time — has eaten and cheated his way into the local jail.

In general, this is the crime he's accused of: He goes into a restaurant or store and demands a refund, claiming he's been sold spoiled or defective food.

In 2005 he pleaded no contest to five crimes. The latest set of crimes took place in 2007.

Over the next few months, prosecutors charged Jolicoeur with five counts of felony petty theft. He became ill, endured a hospital stay, and then was moved into a nursing facility.

So prosecutors offered a deal: plead no contest to five misdemeanor petty theft counts, pay $1,365 in court costs plus unspecified restitution, and he wouldn't to go to jail or serve probation.

Defense attorney James D. Phillips Jr. took the deal and entered the plea on Wednesday.

600-pound man pleads guilty in food scams 04/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 11:04pm]
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