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Braselton woman sentenced for role in check fraud that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars
She received 2 years in prison after pleading guilty
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A Braselton woman was sentenced to 24 months in prison for her role in a bank fraud conspiracy worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

April M. Hayes, 24, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy. Hayes pleaded guilty in June 2015.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the scheme revolved around counterfeit checks from SunTrust, Bank of America and Wells Fargo bank accounts.

In the indictment, Hayes was accused of recruiting “runners who were willing to cash the counterfeit checks she received from (co-defendant Richaad T. Mason).”

The prosecution presented evidence of a scheme that “stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from SunTrust, Bank of America and Wells Fargo bank accounts.”

“After obtaining counterfeit checks that contained the confidential account information of customers at the three banking institutions, this group recruited individuals to cash the counterfeit and forged checks,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Defense attorney Stanley Baum declined to comment on Hayes’ behalf.

The indictment also accused Hayes of cashing counterfeit checks.

Hayes received 12 months of imprisonment for each count, totalling 24 months of incarceration.

Upon release, Hayes will have three years of supervised release.

Hayes and her three co-defendants must make restitution totalling $255,472.73 to the three banks.

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