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Paycheck scammer out of jail, owes Golub $61K

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Rhakim “Jezzy” Atkins avoided additional jail time for the check-forging scheme he helped perpetrate against Price Chopper, but now owes tens of thousands of dollars in restitution to the grocer. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe gave the 24-year-old Schenectady man credit for serving 317 days in prison and handed him a term of three years post-release supervision at his sentencing in Albany last week. But he also ordered Atkins to repay the Golub Corporation ...

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August 3, 2012
7:12 a.m.

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I don't understand the time served portion of his sentence. He is in prison for a parole violation, that was placed on him as a result of the check scheme charge. The parole board has the right to violate him and return him to prison to complete his time on the charge for which he was sent to prison. I understand that he most likely was sent back to prison as a result of this new charge but the time served was for violating the stipulations of his parole and not for the charge. He can't do time in prison for the new charge only because he was arrested. Bottom line, he was sent back to prison because he didn't abide by his parole restrictions, which was the one very basic one, "don't participate in criminal activity". He did and they violated him. So the " time served" portion of this sentence is crazy. He should be doing some jail time for this new charge as well as paying restitution to Golub. The other option would be for Parole to send him back to prison to complete the time on his original charge that he was incarcerated for.