A transient man appeared in court Monday on charges he took part in an extensive check-cashing scheme that prosecutors say has ties to an Atlanta gang.
Brandon Scott Bulltail, 37, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on four felony charges of forgery by accountability.
Judge David A. Carter set Bulltail’s bond at $10,000 and ordered him to appear for arraignment in District Court on April 8.
Charging documents say Bulltail, who is also known as Brandon Scott Scalpane, 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.
Bulltial is alleged to have cashed four forged checks totaling about $8,545.
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 so far at least 12 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.