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Police say man faked robbery
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 30, 2014, 12:02

HOPEWELL ó On Jan. 15 around 3 p.m., a call came into the Hopewell Police Department for a reported abduction at the 600 block of Eppes Street. Upon further investigation by detectives, the abduction turned out to be the furthest from the truth.†

Deputy Chief Robert Skowron said the mother found her son, Christopher Wimmer, 31, bound. Wimmer claimed that he was jumped by three individuals and forced to take out large sums of money from an ATM.†

When detectives began questioning him about the incident, Wimmerís story quickly unravelled. Police say he admitted that he had made up the abduction.†

Wimmer is being charged with making a false police report, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The punishment for a Class 1 misdemeanor carries a prison sentence of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $2,500.†

According to court documents, Wimmer is in custody and is also being charged with two counts of embezzlement of $200 or more, which is a felony charge. If the embezzlement is $200 or less, the charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor and the person is found guilty of petit larceny.†

The penalty for a first-time felony embezzlement charge, of which the property is $200 or more, is one to 20 years in a state correctional facility, confinement in jail for up to a year, and/or a fine of $2,500.†

Wimmer is also facing charges in Prince George. According to court documents, Wimmer is charged with receiving goods and services fraudulently, less than $200 in six months, obtaining money less than $200 and obtaining money under false pretenses, less than $200; all three are felony charges.†

According to the documents, Wimmer was arrested for the charges on Jan. 2, 2013, with the offense date being May 12, 2012. On May 9 of last year, Wimmer pleaded guilty to the charges at a trial.†

More recently, Wimmer was in court on January 21, 2014 for the charges and had a pre-sentence report. No other information on the charges has been provided as of press time.†

Wimmerís next hearing date is set for February 3 in Hopewell Circuit Court.†

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