Man sentenced in fraudulent check cashing scheme

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man has been sentenced for leading a counterfeit check scheme that used homeless men to cash checks in Alabama and Georgia.

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Charles Henry Ross to 51 months in prison on charges of aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. The judge also ordered Ross to pay $3,662 in restitution.

Al.com (bit.ly/13RDNmM) reports Ross orchestrated the theft of bank account information from Birmingham-area businesses and wrote counterfeit checks. According to court documents, Ross picked up homeless men in Atlanta and drove them to Birmingham to cash the checks.

Ross was arrested April 26 in Pelham after a man was caught trying to cash one of the counterfeit checks.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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