Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Surfer Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money; He Took $2,600 from a Northeast Florida Surfing Organization

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Surfer Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money; He Took $2,600 from a Northeast Florida Surfing Organization

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Byline: Drew Dixon

The former director of the North Florida Eastern Surfing Association pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $2,600 from the organization, but he won't have a felony conviction record if he pays court costs and other fees.

Jason Motes, 39, was arraigned Thursday on a third-degree felony grand theft charge that he stole money from the association's bank account. He was arrested April 15.

Circuit Judge Thomas Beverly sentenced Motes, who had been in the Duval County jail for the past 28 days, to time served and withheld adjudication, which means his record would be clean if he pays court and law enforcement investigative costs, about $900.

Motes could have been sentenced to five years in prison under Florida law.

Shortly after the investigation began in January, Motes admitted he took the money and agreed to a pretrial intervention deal with the State Attorney's Office that called for him to pay restitution to the surfing association, serve one-year probation and do about 50 hours in community service at a homeless or animal shelter. …

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