Georgia man receives suspended sentence in check-cashing scheme

2014-07-21T11:15:00Z 2014-08-21T15:40:31Z Georgia man receives suspended sentence in check-cashing schemeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 21, 2014 11:15 am  • 

A Georgia man involved in an elaborate check-cashing scheme was sentenced by Judge G. Todd Baugh on Monday.

Justin Davone Phillips, of Riverdale, Ga., received 10 years in prison with all but time served suspended.

Phillips pleaded guilty on April 10 to five felony counts of forgery by accountability, common scheme.

He is one of at least a dozen people accused of a scheme that involved Phillips and three other Georgia men recruiting and paying area transients to cash almost $93,000 in forged checks at local banks.

It involved stealing payroll checks from mailboxes and using the information on them to forge checks, according to court documents.

As part of his sentence, Phillips is required to pay a fine of $1,500 and restitution of $15,759.31.

He brought hand-written apologies to each of his victims to court.

His accomplice, Delano Reed Whiteface, who was also supposed to be sentenced on Monday did not appear. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

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