- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former minister has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in a check cashing scheme.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jesse Jefferson Flournoy II has been sentenced to 148 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Flournoy’s fraudulent check cashing scheme involved more than 80 checks that were either distributed as fraudulent tax returns or were stolen from the mail before reaching the intended recipient.

Authorities say Flournoy also served as the leader of the Transformation Empowerment Christian Center in Augusta.

The former minister is also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay more than $450,000 in restitution.

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