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ATLANTA MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR IDENTITY THEFT

An Atlanta man, Harold Wardlaw, 41, was sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison, plus five years of supervised released for his part in a scheme that involved opening bank accounts with stolen checks.  Orlando King has pleaded guilty to similar charges for his involvement in the identity theft ring but has yet to be sentenced.

“Harold Wardlaw and his co-defendant obtained more than $1 million worth of checks stolen out of the mail stream before they were delivered to the rightful recipients,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “They then recruited others to open bank accounts in the business names that were on the checks and withdraw the funds derived from the checks before the victims discovered the thefts.”

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