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Guilty plea in hearing aid thefts

Updated: May 17, 2013 6:18AM

An Aurora man will spend the next two years on probation after he pleaded guilty to stealing hearing aids and accessories. Timothy Tran, 37, of the 100 block of Celebration, was charged in 2012 with the theft of more than $10,000 from Phonak Hearing Systems in Aurora.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Tran pleaded to a misdemeanor theft count, was sentenced to 60 days in DuPage County Jail and probation, and ordered to pay approximately $20,000 in restitution to the company, according to court records.Tran is also required to write a letter of apology to Phonak.

Synthetic pot lawsuit

A DuPage County judge recently ruled the lawsuit involving synthetic marijuana and the 2011 death of a North Aurora teen will go forward against two defendants.

Attorneys for Kevin Seydel, one of two Iowa men accused of making and selling iAroma blamed in Max Dobner’s death, and Ruby Mohsin, the owner of a former cigar shop at Westfield Fox Valley Mall, had asked to put the wrongful death lawsuit on hold because of a third defendant’s pending bankruptcy case.

Brandon Seydel, also accused of producing iAroma, filed for personal bankruptcy in Iowa, a move that triggered an automatic delay in his portion of the Dobner suit. A judge said the entire case would not be stayed because of Seydel’s bankruptcy.

An April 22 hearing has been scheduled for a judge to consider Mohsin’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.

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