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Center Line Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Felonies in Estate Sale Racketeering Scheme

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced Ronald Robling, 48, of Center Line, pleaded guilty to multiple felonies late last week for his role in a racketeering scheme that defrauded 16 Michigan residents out of thousands of dollars.

Between August 2015 and September 2017, Robling – through his estate sales company R & S Resale – employed a racketeering scheme while holding estate sales and moving sales for his clients.  Robling engaged in a pattern of repeatedly failing to pay his clients their portion of the sales.  Instead, Robling used the funds for his own purposes.  In some instances, the proceeds he failed to return to his clients exceeded $10,000.

Robling pleaded guilty before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot to the following charges:

  • One felony count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise – a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or $100,000;
  • 12 felony counts of Embezzlement by an Agent or Trustee of $1,000 - $20,000 – a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or $10,000, or three times the amount embezzled (whichever is greater); and
  • One misdemeanor count of Embezzlement by an Agent or Trustee Less Than $200 – a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail and/or $500, or three times the amount embezzled (whichever is greater).

As part of his plea agreement, Robling will receive a delayed sentence and is required to pay $10,000 in restitution at or before the time of the initial sentencing or before July 31, 2019 – whichever comes first. If Robling fails to pay the $10,000 in restitution, he will immediately be sentenced.   

Additionally, Robling is also required to pay an additional $15,000 – for a total of $25,000 in restitution – by the end of his delayed sentence. If Robling pays $25,000 toward restitution by the end of the delayed sentence period, his racketeering charge will be dismissed and he will be sentenced on the remaining charges at that time. 

“Protecting our residents from those who seek to perpetrate fraud against them is a top priority for the Department,” Nessel said. “This plea agreement is an effort to return the money stolen from Mr. Robling’s clients as quickly as possible and make certain he is held accountable for his actions.”