Another man charged in check-cashing scheme

2014-03-28T16:30:00Z 2014-04-11T11:23:04Z Another man charged in check-cashing schemeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Prosecutors have filed charges against another man they said was part of a group of transients hired by Atlanta gangsters to cash forged checks at Billings banks.

Delano Reed Whiteface, 38, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Friday, where he was charged with four counts of felony forgery by accountability.

Judge Pro Tem Michele Sullivan set Whiteface’s bond at $10,000 and ordered him to appear for arraignment in Yellowstone County District Court on Thursday.

Charging documents say Whiteface was part of a group of transients who were paid by men from Georgia to cash dozens of forged checks in October and November that netted almost $93,000.

Whiteface is alleged to have cashed four forged checks totaling about $9,400.

Another wave of forged checks cashed in a similar way in January netted another $24,500, according to court records.

Prosecutors have connected all defendants in all the forgeries, and thus far at least 11 people have been charged.

An affidavit states U.S. Postal Service inspectors have informed investigators in Billings that the suspected architects of the scheme are closely associated with a gang in Atlanta, and that they have been under investigation around the country, including in Kansas; St. Louis; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Eugene, Ore.

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