Columbia man sentenced for cashing $900,000 in stolen government checks

cwinston@thestate.comApril 17, 2014 

— A Columbia man has been sentenced to two years in prison for cashing stolen government checks.

Rickey Anderson Jr. was convicted of one county of conspiracy to steal property of the United States following a guilty plea.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, Anderson received stolen government checks from codefendent Jamal Williams and cashed them at Ricky’s Party Shop on Bluff Road. The stolen checks totaled more than $900,000.

Williams was sentenced to 44 months in prison.

The Financial Crimes Task Force handled the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Porterfield prosecuted the case.

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