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Two sentenced to prison for conspiring to steal, cash stolen and fraudulent checks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – Two local men were sentenced in U.S. District Court for their roles in a bank fraud conspiracy which involved stealing checks from the mail and reprinting the checks in the name of new payees for cashing at financial institutions.

Stephano Henderson, 32, of Cincinnati, was sentenced on Nov. 8 to 87 months in prison. Laneal Henderson, 33, of Cincinnati, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.

According to court documents, the Hendersons and others stole checks from the mail at residences and businesses. They then re-printed checks by inserting the names of new payees and caused the fraudulent checks to be presented for cash at financial institutions. Co-conspirators recruited “cashers” to serve as the new payees on the re-printed checks in exchange for part of the profit.

Stephano Henderson was primarily involved in re-printing checks for new payees to cash. Laneal Henderson primarily recruited individuals to cash fraudulent checks and provided the fraudulent checks to the cashers. The plea agreement set forth a loss amount of between $150,001 and $250,000.

Stephano Henderson pleaded guilty in July 2019 to one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Laneal Henderson pleaded guilty in May 2019 to one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud.

Two others were charged and have pleaded guilty in this case: Eugene Clifford, 31, of Cincinnati, and Markalo Harris, 27, of Cincinnati. They have not yet been sentenced.

David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Pittsburgh Division, Yvonne DiCristoforo, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neal, West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog, Green Township Police Chief James Vetter, Greensburg, Ind. Interim Police Chief Brendan Bridges, Norwood Police Chief William Kramer and Madeira Police Chief Dave Schaefer announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew C. Singer is representing the United States in this case.

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Updated November 15, 2019

Financial Fraud