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East Texas Residents Guilty of Bank Fraud
TYLER, Texas – An East Texas man and woman have pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Mark Alan McCullars, 44, of Marshall, Texas, and Amanda Henderson, 23, of Longview, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, beginning in May 2011, McCullars and Henderson created counterfeit checks which appeared to be payroll checks from businesses in East Texas. They also created fraudulent drivers’ licenses so that they could cash the counterfeit checks at check-cashing businesses. McCullars and Henderson cashed over 100 fraudulent checks resulting in over $55,000 in loss to check cashing businesses in East Texas. They were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 11, 2012.
McCullars and Henderson each face up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.