COLUMBUS – The time for delaying a 42-year-old Columbus man’s sentencing in Platte County District Court for title fraud in the purchase of a luxury SUV more than two years ago was up in the judgment of Judge Robert Steinke.
“There has been an ongoing history of delay in this case,” said Steinke, noting that defendant Jason Svoboda had been granted numerous delays since buying a black 2016 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Husker Auto Group in Lincoln in 2015.
Any request for a further continuance, the judge said in rebuking Svoboda for showing up late or not at all for probation appointments and court hearings, would be denied.
The city man’s case involved financial fraud in a scheme to secure loans from a local bank and a Lincoln-based credit union using the same 2016 black GMC Yukon Denali SUV as collateral without disclosing that information to the lenders.
Svoboda was accused of using false information to apply for a title in connection with the September 2015 purchase of the luxury SUV at Husker Auto Group in Lincoln. He pleaded no contest to the charge earlier this year.
Steinke said the defendant, the single father of two children, had been sentenced to four prison terms over the years, including two for theft by deception and one for forgery.
“You have had a pattern of crimes of deceitful and dishonest behavior,” Steinke said before sentencing the city man to two years in prison and nine months of post-release supervision. The judge gave Svoboda credit for 39 days already served in the case.
According to court documents, Svoboda received a personal loan in September 2015 for $72,950 from Liberty First Credit Union in Lincoln, pledging the GMC Yukon Denali as collateral.
Court records also document Svoboda securing a $50,000 loan in October 2015 from First Nebraska Bank in Columbus, with the SUV again pledged as collateral.
Svoboda did not advise First Nebraska Bank of the existence of the first loan with Liberty First Credit Union, wrote Investigator Marlan Hohnstein, deputy state sheriff assigned to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Fraud Unit, in his probable cause arrest statement.