Estate sale owner who pleaded guilty in racketeering scheme to pay $77,500 in restitution
A Center Line businessman who pleaded guilty in a racketeering scheme has agreed to pay more than $77,500 in restitution, the state Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.
Investigators accused Ronald Robling of pocketing what clients earned in deals through his estate sales company, R&S Resale, between August 2015 and September 2017.
"He defrauded at least 18 victims, some for more than $10,000," the Attorney General's Office said in a statement Tuesday.
Robling has pleaded guilty to one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $100,000; 13 felony counts of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $1,000-$20,000, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and at least $10,000; and a misdemeanor count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee less than $200, which carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail and at least $500.
As part of his plea, Robling agreed to a minimum restitution order of $69,763.18. But after two more victims came forward, Robling signed a stipulation for them along with a higher amount to one of the original victims, bringing the total restitution order to $77,523.21, state officials said.
Robling received a delayed sentence as part of his agreement. If he pays $25,000 in restitution by July 21, 2020, his final sentencing date, the racketeering charge will be dismissed, according to the Attorney General's Office.