SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Four Sioux Falls women and two men have been sentenced for stealing checks from homes and businesses, altering the checks and cashing them at financial institutions, according to the South Dakota U.S. Attorney's office.
The bank fraud charges against all six resulted in sentences calling for restitution of more than $63,000 and jail time ranging from time served in the county jail to almost four years for the woman accused of collecting the most money in the scheme.
Sentenced to almost four years in prison was 39-year-old Brandy Scholl, also known as Brandy Bentine. She was also ordered to pay the highest amount of restitution at $32,200.
Sentenced to 18 months in prison were Brande Black, 40, and Wakinyan Gay, 20. Sentenced to time served were Cornell Butler, 46, Vanessa Carr, 38, and Brittany Hoke, 28.
All six were indicted in April 2018 for fraud committed in the summer of 2017. Hoke, the final defendant to face the judge, was sentenced in April.
The U.S. Attorney said the six were involved in a scheme where they stole checks from mailboxes in the Sioux Falls area and altered the checks, changing the payee and payment amount.
The United Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.