A member of a Tri-State check fraud ring has been sentenced for her role, local12 reported.
26-year old Deshay Melton had previously pleaded guilty to forgery and money laundering charges, according to the report.
She and four other people were accused of stealing more than a million dollars. Prosecutors said they would deposit bad checks into various Fifth Third Bank accounts. Before those checks would clear, they would withdraw money from Fifth Third Bank ATMs, Belterra Park, Jack Casino and check cashing businesses.
Police arrested the suspects in June. Judge Leslie Ghiz sentenced Melton to four years in prison Wednesday. She must also pay part of the $1.2 million restitution to Fifth Third Bank along with her co-defendants.
Vernon Johnson and Karen Smith have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Shammon Richard is awaiting trial. Demarlo Harris was shot and killed earlier this month at the Villages of Roll Hill, according to Local12.