COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Ridgeland man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 25-year-old Antoine Jones was sentenced to 80 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
He was also ordered to pay $259,554 in restitution.
Prosecutors showed that in 2007 and 2008, Jones convinced three co-conspirators to open bank accounts at banks in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Jones and his cohorts then deposited business and personal checks that had been stolen from the mail into the new accounts, said authorities.
Jones withdrew the money, primarily through ATM transactions, before the banks realized the checks were stolen.
The case was investigated by agents of the Postal Inspection Service and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.