Wednesday, July 16
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A homeless man has been sentenced in Rhode Island to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a fraudulent check cashing scheme that cost banks in at least four states more than $800,000.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 27-year-old John Sumo was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Sumo was one of 13 people arrested following a two-year investigation by local, state and federal authorities dubbed "Operation Check-Mate."
Authorities say the suspects created fraudulent checks and deposited them into Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania banks. The money was withdrawn before the checks could be identified as fraudulent.
Sumo's attorney, Judith Crowell, said she was disappointed in the sentence but understood the judge's reasoning, due to the seriousness of the crime.