Fifty-five-year-old Willie Washington was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison on more than 20 felony charges.
Washington was arrested in June on 20 counts of forgery and one count of corrupt business influence. He was accused of being part of a ring of a dozen people that stole more than $14,000 by cashing fake payroll checks.
The group recruited people to help cash checks for the fraud scheme. Washington prepared checks using their names. He was convicted by a jury this month.
Because of Washingtons extensive criminal history, including two convictions for attempted murder in another state, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull gave him a partially consecutive sentence. She ordered him to serve six years on each of the forgery charges, as well as eight years on the corrupt business influence charge.
Washington will serve the corrupt business influence charge first. Gull ordered that the forgery charges be served at the same time.