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Arkansas man sentenced in fraud scheme at more than a dozen banks

by The Associated Press | June 21, 2016 at 1:29 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An Arkansas man who led a bank fraud conspiracy has been sentenced to 11 years and two months in federal prison without parole.

Phillip Daren Shockey of Crawford was sentenced Tuesday for leading a scheme that used stolen mail and fake identifications to cash nearly $160,000 in fraudulent checks in Webster County, Mo., and elsewhere. Shockey was ordered to pay $159,842, including $114,127 to 14 banks and credit unions in Missouri.

Shockey admitted he led the conspiracy between July 2013 and February 2014. At least 12 co-conspirators were involved, and they wrote at least 51 fraudulent checks.

Co-defendant James Erin Guerin of Tulsa pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to aggravated identity theft and awaits sentencing. Four others have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

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