Credit card scam leads to prison term |

Credit card scam leads to prison term

by Sheila Gardner

A 51-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was sent to prison Monday after a series of violations cost him probation.

District Judge Michael Gibbons imposed a 36-month sentence against Gregg Dolgin, and gave him credit for 280 days in custody.

The judge told Dolgin he sill owes $1,577 to the victim after he pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

“Thank you for the opportunity,” Dolgin told Gibbons. “I did the best I could. I’m older now, I am not giving up. I did not return to active addiction, alcohol is my albatross.”

Dolgin admitted that he failed to report to probation officials since November, was unemployed, and was terminated from Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

“I don’t want to make excuses, whatever the court deems appropriate,” Dolgin said.

Lawyer Derrick Lopez said Dolgin made some positive strides.

“He did make substantial progress in terms of staying sober. He had a hard time maintaining employment, and missed some tests,” Lopez said.

Gibbons ordered Dolgin to return to court the first Monday following his release from prison to set up a payment plan for restitution.

Dolgin and codefendant Gene VanWinkle were arrested in June 2010 after the owner of a bank debit card received a statement indicating $1,577 in charges which he denied, saying he never received the card.

Investigation revealed the card and personal identification number erroneously were mailed to VanWinkle, who allegedly involved Dolgin in using the card.

Dolgin pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

VanWinkle was convicted by a jury, but stayed his sentencing while his case is appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

The victim has not received any restitution, according to reports.