Missing treasure case back in court

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A former Wayne County man could be ordered to pay up to a quarter million dollars in connection with a missing treasure case.

Jon Fontaine, 34, was in court Tuesday for a restitution hearing. He pled guilty in 2012 to stealing the coins from his step mother's home in Fairport. Fontaine was sentenced to five years in prison.

Dora Rosser, Fontaine's stepmother, provided the court with spreadsheets she created after some of the missing coins were recovered. Rosser claims she is missing almost $200,000, of which only $2,000 was returned.

"The peoples' witness tried to get up and be as honest as she possibly could about what she prepared," said defense attorney Mark Foti. "I think under the circumstances it was a very large task that she undertook and as a result of it there were certainly inconsistencies."

"Some of the coins were found in Mr. Fontaine's truck, some in his apartment, and he should get credit for those things," said prosecutor Mark Monaghan. "Ms. Rosser made spreadsheets so we can actively reflect what was returned to her so that he wouldn't have to pay twice."

The judge reserved the right to hold off on making a decision Tuesday. He told the prosecutor and defendant he will notify them of his decision in writing.

Fontaine is serving his sentence at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, north of Utica, and is scheduled to be released in September 2017.


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