- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge says a 26-year-old man has been sentenced to just over three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to his part in a scheme to cash more than $2.2 million in fraudulent U.S. Treasury checks.

Albelk Reyes Serrata (AHL’-belk REH’-jez seh-RAH’-tah) had pleaded guilty May 28 to conspiring to steal fraudulent checks from the U.S. Treasury between 2012 and 2013.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that Serrata, of Philadelphia, was sentenced Wednesday to 37 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution and to forfeit $220,000 as proceeds from his criminal conduct.

Serrata’s case is part of a broader investigation of Baton Rouge check-cashing businesses. At least two others are charged in the case.

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