A Grand Haven man was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court to 180 days in jail and 18 months probation for reporting a stolen car that was never in his possession.
Jeff Allen Bramer, 38, pleaded guilty to a charge of insurance fraud in exchange for the dismissal of a false report of a felony charge.
Attorney David Hall said his client purchased the title of a Cadillac from West Michigan Pawn in Grand Haven.
“The vehicle was pledged to the Grand Haven pawn shop for security of a loan,” Hall said. “The loan was never paid back, but the guy was still riding around in the car.”
Since Bramer was not able to get the car, he reported it stolen, his attorney said.
“He couldn’t prove he ever took possession of the vehicle,” Hall said.
Bramer was also sentenced in a separate courtroom Monday on a charge of larceny of $1,000 or more. Hall said Bramer claimed a friend loaned him a trailer, got mad at him and reported it stolen.
Bramer pleaded guilty to that charge in exchange for two other felony charges to be dropped — larceny of a handgun and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
“It was a pretty good plea agreement for him,” Hall said.
Bramer’s jail sentence covers the larceny charge as well. He was given credit for time already served in jail.