Fraud case suspects make court appearance

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By Tris DeRoma

Two suspects in a $50,000 computer fraud case made their first appearance in district court Wednesday.
Ryan Roller, 31, already free on bond, was the first to appear. His $10,000 surety bond was simply carried over to the district court from magistrate, and he was told to stay in regular contact with the courts. District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson has yet to set a hearing or a trial date for Roller or Fernando Rodriguez. Roller is being charged with third-degree felony conspiracy for his role in the crime.
The other suspect, Fernando Rodriguez, also 31, is still in custody. At his hearing before the judge Wednesday, Rodriguez’ attorney, Bill Snowden, wanted it dropped to $15,000. District Attorney Kent Wahlquist urged Raphaelson to keep his bond at $30,000, cash-only.
“Your honor, the defendant, all told, has two habitual offenses, and that adds four years to each of the counts of criminal information and he has six counts of criminal information. All told, he could be looking at a total of 48 years if these counts were to run consecutively, Walquist said. “... I think with the time he’s facing he is a flight risk.”
Wahlquist said Rodriguez also just finished probation for other various misdemeanors as well.
Snowden countered that Rodriguez had family in the area, and so flight risk was minimal.

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