CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 46-year-old man was sentenced to two years in his part in a bank fraud conspiracy involving $80,000 worth of counterfeit checks some of which were cashed in Charleston.
Carlton Tomlinson of Charlotte was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $70,138.05 in restitution.
Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that Tomlinson and his codefendant, Michael Angelo Alexander, who is waiting to be sentenced, and others, cashed counterfeit commercial checks in Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Georgetown causing losses of more than $80,000.
They claimed to have been provided the counterfeit checks from two unidentified individuals who drove Alexander and Tomlinson to banks to cash the checks so that the unidentified individuals would not be photographed by bank cameras. Alexander and Tomlinson recruited other individuals to help negotiate the checks.
The case was investigated by agents of the North Myrtle Beach Police Department and the United States Secret Service.