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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Coral Springs Man Sentenced To More Than Four Years In Federal Prison For Check Counterfeiting Scheme

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Allen Griffin (23, Coral Springs) to four years and nine months in federal prison for his role in a check counterfeiting scheme. The court also ordered Griffin to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution to financial institutions. Griffin had pleaded guilty on February 21, 2019, to seven counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. 

According to court documents, during the summer of 2018, Griffin and his co-conspirators created counterfeit checks and obtained access to individual bank accounts into which they deposited the counterfeit checks. Griffin and his co-conspirators then withdrew the funds from those accounts before the fraud was detected. Griffin and his co-conspirators deposited counterfeit checks totaling more than $370,000 into Orlando-area banks.  

On August 3, 2018, Griffin was arrested at a hotel in Orlando. He had blank check stock paper in his car and hotel room, a printer and laptop that he had used to create counterfeit checks, computerized images of signatures used on the counterfeit checks, ATM cards that had been used in the check fraud scheme, and an ATM receipt from one of the fraudulent transactions. Griffin was also captured on bank surveillance video depositing counterfeit checks and making withdrawals from accounts where the counterfeit checks had recently been deposited.       

Griffin’s co-defendants, Wesley Anderson and Christopher Stewart, have both pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced in July 2019. 

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, with assistance from the Orange County Sherriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Updated May 7, 2019