Monday, November 30, 2009

Counterfeit Check Ringleader Convicted

Sentencing has yet to be determined for a Tennessee man, who was convicted last month in federal court of stealing thousands of dollars from Cookeville-area businesses in a check-cashing scam. The U-S Attorney's office says that 30-year-old James Christopher McWhorter was found guilty on a five-count indictment. The investigation of his counterfeit check cashing ring began three years ago after one of the defendants dropped a driver's license in Sparta at the scene of one of the fraudulent attempts to cash a counterfeit check. Further investigation revealed that the ring had been operating in Cookeville, McMinnville, Nashville and Murfreesboro. The exact amount of money that they defrauded from local businesses has not yet been determined, but authorities say McWhorter could be going to prison for more than 15 years.