2 admit guilt in check-cashing scheme

2014-06-13T14:15:00Z 2014-08-29T12:00:12Z 2 admit guilt in check-cashing schemeBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Two men accused in a large check-cashing scheme pleaded guilty to charges on Friday in state district court in Billings.

Jack Allen Miles, 43, and Brandon Scott Bulltail, 37, although charged separately, each admitted to felony charges of forgery by accountability.

They are among at least 13 people accused in a scheme to cash forged checks. The scheme, prosecutors say, was organized by an Atlanta, Ga., gang whose members paid people to cash the checks.

The first wave of forged checks cashed last October and November netted almost $93,000. A second round of forged checks cashed in a similar way in January netted another $24,000.

Miles pleaded guilty to one count with a second count to be dismissed at sentencing under the terms of a plea agreement. He was accused of cashing a forged check for more than $1,500 in October.

Bulltail pleaded guilty to two counts with two other counts to be dismissed at sentencing under his plea agreement. He admitted to cashing two forged checks totaling about $4,000 in October.

District Judge Michael Moses set Miles’ sentencing for Aug. 28 and Bulltail’s sentencing for Aug. 29. Moses continued Miles’ release and released Bulltail from custody without bond.

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