Two Orlando Residents Sentenced In Counterfeit Traveler’s Check Scheme
Orlando, Florida - Today, U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced two individuals for their roles in a counterfeit traveler’s check scheme. Baresha Williams (33, Orlando) was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Darell Dopson (53, Orlando) was sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release. Williams and Dopson were involved in a conspiracy and scheme by which counterfeit traveler’s checks were passed at Target stores located throughout the Southeastern United States. They were both ordered to pay $44,728.33 in restitution to Target.
Four others are also being prosecuted for their involvement in this scheme. Brandy Hooks (33, Orlando), Lavitress Williams (32, Orlando), Larry Wilson (40, Orlando) each previously pled guilty for their roles in this scheme and are awaiting sentencing. Last week a federal jury found Lottie Davis (50, Orlando) guilty of one count of conspiracy, two counts of bank fraud, and four counts of manufacturing, passing, or uttering counterfeit securities. According to court documents and evidence presented in court, Baresha Williams and Lottie Davis manufactured the counterfeit traveler’s checks. Davis, Dopson, or another conspirator then drove Baresha Williams and other conspirators to various Target stores where the checks would be passed. The conspirators shared in the proceeds that were obtained after the fraudulently obtained merchandise was returned for cash refunds. From September 2011 to December 2011, the conspirators passed more than 100 counterfeit checks at approximately 40 Target stores located in six states, which resulted in a loss to Target of $44,728.33.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.
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