CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - A man involved in an RV fraud incident pleaded guilty to his charges in Chippewa County Circuit Court.
Roger Lee Carter pleaded guilty last week to larceny by conversion - $20,000 or more. He’s also a habitual offender – second offense.
A sentencing date is scheduled for May 14.
His wife, Dana Upright Royal was sentenced already in Bay County, Michigan to a year of probation for check, non-sufficient funds.
She was ordered to go to substance abuse counseling.
Original Story: The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says a North Carolina parole absconder and his wife were arrested the last week of July.
On July 10, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says it received an anonymous tip that was submitted through the Chippewa County Sheriff’s App.
The tip stated that “Lee” Carter was living on Sugar Island in Chippewa County in a 5th wheel RV and was a Parole Absconder from North Carolina. Lee was on the Island with his wife “Marie Carter” and her two daughters.
An investigation was initiated by Chippewa County Detectives and valid felony warrants were located for Roger “Lee” Carter II out of North Carolina and Indiana. Detectives also learned that “Marie Carter” was actually Dana Upright Royal.
On July 18, Chippewa County detectives learned of a case from the Hamburg Township Police Department, in Livingston County, Michigan.
Hamburg Township Police Department took a report on July 5 that tied Roger “Lee” Carter and Dana Upright Royal to the theft of a 2012 motor home valued at $60,000. It was also reported to Hamburg Township Police that Roger and Dana were using a fake business front of RVNow.com.
On July 19, Chippewa County Detectives found that the 5th Wheel RV on Sugar Island was also stolen by conversion from a couple out of Kentucky. A Search Warrant was executed at the Sugar Island property and the 5th Wheel RV (Valued at over $60,000.00) was recovered.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that Roger “Lee” Carter and Dana Upright Royal fled the Chippewa County area.
On July 26, Chippewa County detectives learned of the suspect’s current location. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office then contacted the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post who were able to locate and arrest both suspects.
Roger “Lee” Carter was transported back to Chippewa County where he was lodged on the charge of Larceny by Conversion - $20,000 or more.
Dana Upright Royal was lodged in Bay County on an outstanding felony warrant for fraud.
On July 30, Chippewa County Sheriff’s detectives gained information on the whereabouts of the stolen 2012 motor home. A Deputy Sheriff in Lower Michigan was able to locate and recover that motor home.