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"Former Spokane Man Sentenced to Over Fiver Years Imprisonment for Making and Passing Counterfeit Checks"

July 3, 2012

Spokane – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington announced that Timothy J. Daugherty, age 54, formerly of Spokane, was sentenced to a 62 month term of imprisonment for Making and Passing Counterfeit Checks. The court also ordered Daugherty to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution to the defrauded victims.

In November, 2011, Daugherty was transferred into Federal custody where he was subsequently charged with and pleaded guilty to Making and Passing Counterfeit Checks. The investigation of this case revealed that from June, 2010 through August, 2010 Daugherty obtained checking account numbers and account information of commercial businesses in the Spokane, Washington area. He used this information to manufacture numerous counterfeit checks, which he thereafter cashed using fraudulent identification and fraudulent account numbers at various local businesses. The victimbusinesses were defrauded out of $39,659.12.

Daugherty engaged in similar activity in Snohomish County, Washington. In 2010, Daugherty knowingly obtained identification and financial information of another person and thereafter attempted to cash a counterfeit check made payable to that person. He was convicted in Snohomish County Superior Court of First Degree Identity Theft, Forgery, and Unlawful Possession of Instruments of Financial Fraud. Daugherty was sentenced to a 72 month term of imprisonment in August, 2011.

United States District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle ordered Daugherty to serve 31 months of his 62 month sentence to run consecutive to, and 31 months to run concurrent with, Daugherty's 72-month state sentence in Snohomish County, Washington . The court also ordered Daugherty to pay $39,659.12 in restitution to the victim-businesses. Daugherty has remained in custody since 2011.

Michael C. Ormsby stated: "Identity theft is a growing problem throughout the United States. Here in the Eastern District of Washington the United States Attorney's Office is committed to vigorously prosecuting identity theft crimes to help stem this growing problem." Mr. Ormsby also cautioned individuals to be ever vigilant about protecting their personal and financial information.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation of this case. The case was prosecuted by Stephanie J. Lister, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Washington.


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