Final member of $1.8M check fraud scheme pleads guilty - FOX Carolina 21

Final member of $1.8M check fraud scheme pleads guilty

Posted: Updated: June 12, 2012 08:02 PM
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg woman pleaded guilty to a $1.8 million mail fraud scheme in federal court Tuesday, the final member involved in the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Rose Church, 42, will be sentenced by a U.S. District judge in Greenville. She was the 40th member of the group to plead guilty.

According to Nettles, leaders of the group including Hope Mitchell, who was sentenced to 57 months in prison in 2011, used Church and the other members to get new IDs from the Department of Motor Vehicles, open checking accounts, then buy high-dollar items like lawn mowers and computers, then report the checkbooks stolen.

The leaders would sell the purchased items and split the profit amongst the conspirators, Nettles said. The conspiracy caused losses of at least $1.8 million.

Nettles said Church was one of the more prolific check passers in the group and traveled as far away as Myrtle Beach to pass the worthless checks.

The maximum penalty Church faces is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment up to 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

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