A Birmingham woman was sentenced to six years in prison for her involvement in a multi-state identity theft and counterfeit check scheme.
According to a press release from US Attorney Joyce White Vance, Daphne Collette Tate, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud banks in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, as well as aggravated identity theft, possessing a business check stolen from the US Mail and possessing a counterfeit check.
Between September 2011 and February 2013, Tate and other accomplices are accused of gaining account and routing information for legitimate business checking accounts by stealing checks from the mail. Falconer was employed at Regions Bank at the time and also accessed bank records. They used this genuine account information to make counterfeit business checks.
Then, they enlisted homeless people to act as check cashers and split the proceeds among themselves.
Also charged in the conspiracy were Tate's cousin Keith Lamar Reese, 46, of Birmingham; as well as Colundria Seats, 37; Demario S. Mormon, 27; Cliffton A. Mormon, 30; and Brett E. Falconer, 27, all of which are from the Atlanta area.