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DL man sentenced for credit card fraud

John Duvall Canova, 38, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony financial transaction card fraud.

According to court records, on Sept. 13 he called L&M Fleet in Detroit Lakes and bought a Honda generator for $836 over the phone using a credit card number. He later went to the store and picked up the generator.

That same day, he bought another generator at L&M Fleet in Park Rapids for $965, calling the store and using the same credit card number. He also went to that store and picked it up. The credit card owner informed Fleet that he had not made the purchases.

Canova tried to sell both generators at a pawn shop, but was unsuccessful because the pawn shop owner became suspicious and notified police.

He appeared in court April 16 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve 54 days in jail, with credit for 54 days served. He must pay a $2,356 in restitution on several cases, a $50 fine and $215 in court fees. He was placed on supervised probation for five years, and ordered held in Becker County until transported back to the jurisdiction of Clay County in North Dakota.

A second felony charge of financial transaction card fraud was dismissed in a plea agreement. The case involved a June 3, 2017 incident, in which a vehicle was broken into and a purse stolen at the Acorn Lake public access. The same day Canova was captured on video using the victim's credit card to make a $24.74 purchase at Casey's General Store in Lake Park. He was previously convicted of gross misdemeanor theft.

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