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Man gets five years in check-forging scheme

Updated: October 24, 2012 6:44AM

A Cook County man has been sent to prison for his role in a check-forging scheme that victimized an Aurora store.

Rodney Gaiter, 44, of Westmont, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

Gaiter pleaded guilty to being a participant in a regional forgery scheme, prosecutors said.

On Dec. 3, 2010, he took a fake payroll check made out to him for $987 to a retail store in the 2900 block of Kirk Road in Aurora, and cashed it. The store later determined that the check was a fake and reported it to Aurora police.

The investigation led authorities to Gaiter and determined that he was part of a larger, regional scheme. Others involved with running the scheme have been convicted on federal charges, prosecutors said.

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