MANISTIQUE - A Manistique man was ordered to spend nine months in jail and pay more than $13,000 in fines, costs and restitution on a forgery charge during his sentencing in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Ray Eugene Hayford, 56, was arrested in July for allegedly embezzling funds from the Manistique Moose Lodge. His arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the Michigan State Police Manistique Detachment and the Schoolcraft County Sheriff's Department.
Hayford was originally charged with the following five felonies: four counts of forgery, each carrying a maximum penalty of up to 14 years in prison; and one count of embezzlement, more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
After the case was bound over to circuit court, Hayford pleaded to one count of forgery.
During his sentencing Thursday, he was ordered to nine months in jail with the first four months to be served immediately. He will be placed on probation for two years.
Hayford was also ordered to pay $6,310 in restitution and $7,408 in fines and costs.