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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Woman sentenced in fake check scheme

A 43-year-old District woman was sentenced to just over six years in prison for passing counterfeit checks at area retailers, costing the businesses more than $120,000 over the course of a nine-year scheme, according to federal prosecutors in Alexandria.

Prosecutors said that Astorcia Gilmore engaged in a counterfeit-check passing scheme from March 2002 through June. In the first five months of this year, she passed more than 130 counterfeit checks at local retailers, prosecutors said.

During the course of the scam, prosecutors said Gilmore used more than 10 aliases by stealing the names, social security numbers and dates of birth of real people. She then used those identities to make make purchases that defrauded retailers of tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to sentencing Gilmore to six years and three months in prison, U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady also ordered her pay $120,000 in restitution to retailers and financial institutions.

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