Women Indicted in $600K Check Scheme

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    Two northern New Jersey women have been indicted on charges they wrote counterfeit checks worth more than $600,000.

    Synethia Bland of Elizabeth and Latisha White of Newark each face three counts of bank fraud and one count of bank fraud conspiracy. The charges each carry a maximum 30-year prison sentence.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges the pair wrote more than 150 counterfeit checks in amounts smaller than $5,000, and recruited others who had accounts at TD Bank branches in New Jersey.

    The women or their associates allegedly deposited the bogus checks into those accounts and withdrew money before the bank realized the checks were counterfeit.

    The scheme allegedly ran from October 2009 to May 2012 in northern and central New Jersey.

    Attorneys for both women didn't return email messages Thursday. 

     

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