Visalia man convicted of bouncing checks totaling $21,000

Donald Land wrote 43 bad checks at 13 stores in less than a year


VISALIA – A man who bought nearly a year’s worth of salary in bad checks will spend the next two and a half years behind bars before working to repay the businesses where he bounced checks for more than $21,000.

Donald Land, 51 years old

Donald Land,
51 years old

On Nov. 8, 2017, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Brett Alldredge sentenced Donald Land, 51, of Visalia, to state prison for writing rubber checks. Land pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2017 to 13 felony counts of passing nonsufficient funds checks at 13 different businesses throughout Tulare County, including Visalia, Exeter and Woodlake. Land passed a total of 43 checks for over $21,000 between Nov. 20, 2016, and May 8, 2017, from his own closed bank account.

Land also admitted to a special allegation that he was out on bail when a number of the checks were cashed. He was on mandatory supervision during that time for prior similar offenses and continued to write non-sufficient funds checks after he was arraigned in March on new charges.

Under Penal Code 1170(h), a 2011 effort to reduce the prison population passed by the California Legislature as part of AB 109, the court has the discretion to split a state prison sentence between county jail and mandatory supervision by county probation. As such, Land will serve 2 years, 6 months in local custody before being placed on mandatory supervision for 7 years, 6 months with the Tulare County Probation Department. As part of his sentence, Land will have to pay restitution to each business.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Brittany Knotts of the Financial Crimes Division.

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