- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An Atlanta man will spend more than eight years in prison for his role in a counterfeit check scheme.

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Buente says 34-year-old Damion Latoras Foster also must pay more than $37,000 in restitution.

Foster was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. He had pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Court records show Foster was a member of a group that made counterfeit checks from stolen business checks. Foster was responsible for printing the fake checks.

The group recruited homeless or unemployed people to cash the counterfeit checks. They paid these people a small amount of cash and kept the remaining money.

Six co-defendants are serving prison terms ranging from seven-and-a-half months to five years.

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