MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A St. Paul woman was sentenced to three years in prison for her part in a family scheme that used cash machines to steal about $800,000 from US Bank.
Alice L. Norris pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money. On Monday, U.S. District Judge David Doty handed down Norris' sentence, which was lower than sentencing guidelines because she cooperated in the investigation, the U.S. attorney's office said.
According to federal grand jury indictments, family members recruited more than 80 people to open US Bank checking accounts between April 1998 and February 2000, each with $100 provided by the family. Once the accounts were open, the defendants used the newly acquired ATM cards to make fraudulent deposits using checks from other closed bank accounts that they controlled, mostly on Friday nights after the bank had closed.
The following Saturday, family members picked up the recruits and drove them to multiple automated teller machines where they made withdrawals of $2,800 until the accounts were frozen. The recruits were paid for their services, usually between $50 and $1,000.
Four other family members were indicted last year and pleaded guilty. Kenneth A. Norris was sentenced to five years, three months in prison; Robin E. Brown received three years; and Germany Norris received one year, nine months. Demetrice R. Norris awaits sentencing.
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