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$100K Bad Check Gets Man More Than 7 Years

Bridgewater resident was convicted in October for issuing bad check to repay friend's loan.

A Bridgewater man was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison for knowingly writing a $100,000 bad check to repay friend's loan, the Attorney General said.

Stephen Locrotondo, 53, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Robert Mega in Union County. Locrotondo was convicted on Oct. 18 of second-degree issuing a bad check. 

According to Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Locrotondo received $100,000 from a friend between Oct. 14 and 27, 2006. The friend believed the money would be returned with interest in a few weeks, Chiesa said.

Locrotondo then issued a check for $100,000, knowing he did not have sufficient funds in his bank account to cover the amount, Chiesa said.

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