Barga changes plea

SIDNEY — A Sidney man changed his plea in two cases on Tuesday morning in the Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Robert Barga, 41, of Sidney, entered a plea of guilty for one count of forgery and one count of complicity to forgery, and in return the prosecution dropped one count of forgery and one count of tampering with an odometer. The two cases are unrelated.

The charge of complicity to forgery was for referring his sister to another person when she approached him about printing counterfeit money.

“She wanted to start printing counterfeit money, and I said I wasn’t doing that anymore,” Barga told Judge James Stevenson during the sentencing. “I referred her.”

The charge of forgery was for signing Dennis Hance and Pamela Hance’s names onto a bill of sale for a 2000 Honda Passport before selling it to Patricia Brumbaugh.

“I sold a vehicle and signed a persons name on the title prior to mine,” he said. “The vehicle was sold from me to another person to another person to another person to me, and I didn’t do the ID check, so I signed somebody else’s name to the title.”

Barga was recently found guilty by a jury on five felony charges: three counts of forgery, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and one count of possession of criminal tools. He is expected to be sentenced in all three cases on Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m.

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By Heather Willard

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