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Ex-Holmes Beach man gets 29 months

Mullaney

A former Holmes Beach man was found guilty in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of obtaining money from a pawnshop by fraud after he entered a plea of no contest.

Douglas Mullaney, 40, was sentenced to 29 months in prison. He received credit from Judge Janette Dunnigan for time served while awaiting trial.

Mullaney also pleaded no contest to failing to inform the Florida Department of Law Enforcement within 48 hours of his new address when he left Holmes Beach earlier this year. Convicted sex offenders in Florida are required to report any change of address to the FDLE within two days of moving.

Dunnigan found Mullaney guilty of that offense and sentenced him to another 29 months in prison, although the sentences run concurrently.

Mullaney originally pleaded not guilty to both charges, but changed his plea when his trial began in late August.

Mullaney also was ordered to pay restitution to the pawnshop and court costs.

He was classified by law enforcement as a sexual offender after he was convicted in Pennsylvania in April 1999 of having sex with a minor.

Mullaney fled from Florida earlier this year after he was charged with obtaining money from a pawnshop by fraud. He was arrested by police in Oregon in February, and extradited to Manatee County March 1.

A sister, Christine Ueltschi, is wanted for questioning in connection with the same burglary. She was last reported to be in the Kentucky area.

Anyone with information on Ueltschi’s whereabouts is asked to call the Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-5804.

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