- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who ran a stolen check-cashing scheme from behind bars in Southern California has been sentenced to another nine years in federal prison.

Kingsley Osemwengie was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty to bank fraud conspiracy last fall.

Prosecutors say he ran a scheme in which dozens of bank customers were recruited to cash checks from the Los Angeles County government that were stolen by a postal employee.

In exchange for a payoff, the customers deposited the checks - which were forged in their names - and drew out cash before the fraud was discovered.

Authorities say Osemwengie ran the operation from federal prison in Victorville, where he was serving 17 years for prescription drug trafficking.

The postal employee and three other people have pleaded guilty in the fraud case.

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