Riverview Woman Charged in Counterfeit Check Scheme
She was one of three Floridians named in the indictment.
PITTSBURGH, PA – A Riverview woman was one of three Floridians indicted Tuesday (Oct. 9) by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, PA, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
The seven-count indictment, named Cheryl Brown aka Loraine Johnson, 48, of Riverview, Calar Braxton aka Vivian Hugo, aka Taylor Crimson, 44, of Orlando, and Brian Omar Campbell aka Vincent Hugo, aka Troy Crimson, 28 of Orlando. The three were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S., possessing and uttering counterfeit securities, and possession of stolen mail, according to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady.
According to information presented to the court, Braxton, Campbell, and Brown conspired to purchase merchandise from area retailers by using counterfeit bank checks. After checking into a Pittsburgh hotel Oct. 5, 2017, the defendants stole mail addressed to individuals living in the area and opened it. If the defendants found a check, they recorded its account and routing numbers and used that information to produce counterfeit bank checks. Afterwards, they used the counterfeit checks on Oct. 5-6, 2017, to purchase merchandise from retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Macy’s Department Store.
The scheme ended when members of the North Fayette Township Police Department obtained a warrant for the hotel and searched it. During the search, the police recovered a laser printer, stolen mail, and blank stock used for printing checks.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 50 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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