Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Federal Prison for Running Fraudulent Check Scheme
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 22, 2009|
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DONALD GLENN, 37, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 78 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for running an extensive fraudulent check cashing scheme.On July 24, 2009, GLENN pleaded guilty to six counts of bank fraud.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately December 2003 and November 2004, GLENN recruited several individuals to cash more than 200 counterfeit checks in at least 75 different branches of five different banks in central Connecticut.The counterfeit checks, which ranged in amount from approximately $550 to $1000, appeared to be payroll checks from various Connecticut businesses and municipalities.The checks had the actual bank account numbers of the entities that purportedly issued the check, and the individuals working for GLENN cashed the checks at the banks that held the accounts upon which the checks were purportedly drawn.
In addition, GLENN provided the individuals working for him with fraudulent leases and birth certificates, which the individuals used to obtain false photo identification cards from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.The individuals who cashed the counterfeit checks used the false identification at the banks in order to complete the fraudulent transactions.
GLENN provided the counterfeit checks used in the scheme, and he would sometimes drive the individuals to the bank branches to cash the counterfeit checks.At all times, GLENN remained outside the bank.After cashing the checks, the person who cashed the check gave a portion of the cash proceeds to GLENN, and kept a portion for his or her own use.
Through this scheme, GLENN and his associates defrauded banks of $155,787.64.Today, Judge Chatigny ordered GLENN to pay restitution in that amount to the victim financial institutions.
GLENN has more than 15 prior convictions, including a prior federal bank fraud conviction.In January 1997, GLENN was convicted in U.S. District Court in Connecticut and was sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment.After completing his prison term, GLENN violated his supervised release conditions and was sentenced, in January 2002, to an additional 26 months of incarceration.GLENN’s most recent bank fraud activity began in December 2003, approximately six months after he was released from federal prison.
GLENN has been detained in federal custody since March 2008.
U.S. Attorney Dannehy noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David T. Huang and Anastasia Enos King.