Man charged in connection to check-cashing scheme

2014-04-03T17:04:00Z 2014-04-11T11:23:04Z Man charged in connection to check-cashing schemeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Another man appeared in court Thursday on felony charges alleging he was part of an elaborate check-cashing scheme that prosecutors say was organized by an Atlanta gang.

Jack Allan Miles, 43, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on three felony charges of forgery by accountability. Each count charges him with cashing a forged check with a value greater than $1,500.

He is set to be arraigned in district court April 10.

Miles appeared on two cases, with two charges in the first case and one charge in the second. Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set bond at $7,500 in each case and ordered the bonds to run concurrently.

Charging documents say Miles is one of many defendants who were paid by men from Georgia to cash dozens of forged checks in October and November that netted almost $93,000.

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 13 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. The gang's activities have been under investigation around the country, including in Kansas; St. Louis; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Eugene, Ore.

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