2 more men sentenced in check forgery scheme

2014-08-29T11:45:00Z 2014-08-29T19:41:04Z 2 more men sentenced in check forgery schemeBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette
August 29, 2014 11:45 am  • 

Two men involved in an elaborate check-cashing scheme that netted tens of thousands of dollars were sentenced this week for forgery.

On Friday, District Judge Ingrid Gustafson sentenced Brandon Scott Bulltail to five years with the Department of Corrections, all suspended, for two counts of forgery by accountability.

Bulltail also must pay a $1,000 fine, write letters of apology and pay restitution. The judge followed recommendations of a plea agreement and dismissed two more forgery charges against him.

On Thursday, District Judge Michael G. Moses gave 43-year-old Jack Allen Miles a four-year-deferred sentence for one count of forgery by accountability.

The judge dismissed a second forgery charge pursuant to Miles’ plea deal and ordered Miles to pay restitution or do community service if he is unable to repay the victims.

Miles and Bulltail are among a number of men accused in a scheme to cash forged checks. The scheme, prosecutors say, was organized by an Atlanta gang whose members paid local transients to cash the checks.

The first wave of forged checks cashed last October and November netted almost $93,000, according to charging documents. A second round of forged checks cashed in a similar way in January netted another $24,500.

Multiple men from Georgia and other transients used in the scheme have been charged and are at various stages in criminal proceedings.

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