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BOSTON, Mass. - A Brockton resident was sentenced today in connection with a scheme to create and pass counterfeit checks at various Staples retail stores throughout New England.

MARK FRALICK, 43, of Brockton, was sentenced by the Honorable Mark L. Wolf to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. FRALICK had previously pleaded guilty to an eighteen-count indictment charging him with wire fraud and making, uttering and possessing counterfeit checks.

From July 2008 through February 2009, FRALICK created hundreds of counterfeit checks using genuine bank routing numbers and fictitious account names and numbers. Using these checks, FRALICK purchased merchandise from various Staples retail stores, usually returning that merchandise for cash before his counterfeit check had bounced. The aggregate value of the merchandise which FRALICK purchased through this scheme was approximately $140,709.28.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vassili Thomadakis of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

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