A Spokane man convicted of stealing money from a homeless woman who gave him her savings to rent a home is headed to prison.
But it wasn’t the theft that earned Unters “Chuck” Love, 58, a 27-month sentence. It was a bail-jumping charge he accrued after he bonded out of jail on his theft charges.
A jury recently convicted Love of six counts of second-degree theft, but he faced only 14 months in prison for those charges. He’ll serve that sentence at the same time as his sentence for bail jumping.
He’ll also be credited for 10 months spent in jail and be eligible for typical sentence reductions through the Department of Corrections.
“He’ll do another eight months and then be out and about, no strings attached,” Deputy Prosecutor George Gagnon said. “Thanks, state Legislature.”
Gagnon points to Love’s long history of cons and his lack of remorse when describing a man he said “was a pleasure to prosecute.”
“He’s been doing this for 20 years; it’s just the first time since 1991 that we have said, ‘No, you’re not getting a deal, you’re going to trial.’ ”
Love has at least 107 actions against him in civil courts.
Love denied the charges in an interview at the Spokane County Jail, where he is awaiting transport to prison.
“I never did anything to them except help them try to get into a home,” Love said of the victims.
Love said his victims would have been able to move into their homes had the police not intervened.
But Gagnon said Love is simply a con man who had no problem stealing money from homeless people and trying to sell or rent properties he doesn’t own.
Twelve Spokane County residents apparently agreed. They convicted him April 12 after a short trial in Spokane County Superior Court.
Love said his defense was incompetent and that the truth will soon be known.
“There is a lot of corruption going on, and it’s going to come out in the appeal,” Love said. “The courts and the Police Department, they basically coerced these people to say what they said.”
Love filed a complaint against Gagnon to the state bar association, but it was dismissed.
In the interview last week, Love declined to discuss a stadium project he proposed in Airway Heights in 2003.
Love had signed a contract with the Kalispel Tribe to lease 20 acres next to the tribe’s Northern Quest casino, but he refused to talk to reporters about his bankruptcy filing or earlier felony convictions for theft and check-bouncing.
Love also was involved in a scheme in Yakima in 2004 involving a football league.