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09/01/2022

4 sentenced to prison for using homeless people to cash fake checks

WPRI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four Georgia men have been sentenced to federal prison for their involvement in a scheme that exploited homeless people from the Providence area, according to U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha.

Cortavious Benford, Michael Williams, Austin Weaver, all 27, and Jalen Ronald Stanford, 28, admitted they created counterfeit checks worth $2,000 or more for homeless individuals who agreed to be driven to banks in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine to try to cash them.

Williams was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison, while Weaver was sentenced to serve 30 months and both Benford and Stanford were sentenced to two years.

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