Rodney Gaiter / photo from Kane County Sheriff's office
Updated: October 25, 2012 6:13AM
ST. CHARLES TWP. — A Westmont man has been sentenced to five years in prison for cashing a phony paycheck at an Aurora store as a part of a fraud scheme.
Rodney Gaiter, 44, of the 1100 block of Florence Avenue, pleaded guilty July 18 to one count of forgery. Kane County Associate Judge Clint Hull sentenced him to five years in prison Thursday, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Gaiter took a fake $987.62 payroll check made out to him to a retail store in the 2900 block of Kirk Road in Aurora and cashed it on Dec. 3, 2010, the state’s attorney’s office said. The store later determined the check was phony and reported it to Aurora police, who learned Gaiter was part of a larger regional scam.
Others involved in the scheme already have been convicted on federal charges, the state’s attorney’s office said.
Gaiter has been convicted of multiple drug- and theft-related offenses in the past 27 years, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He was given credit for at least 168 days served in the Kane County jail.