Missouri Brothers get Prison in Nebraska Case

7 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, November 01 2011 Nov 1, 2011 Tuesday, November 01, 2011 8:08:00 AM CDT November 01, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The second of two Missouri brothers has been sentenced for his role in a scheme to pass bogus payroll checks.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 44-year-old Clifford Cook was sentenced on Monday to 8-to-12 years for unlawful circulation of a financial transaction device. Cook had pleaded no contest.

Last month, his brother, 43-year-old Thomas Cook, got 10-to-15 years. Both men are from Hannibal, Mo. The two had been arrested in May in a Lincoln hotel room. Officers found 48 bogus payroll checks in the room, too. 

Authorities say the brothers would go into small-town grocery and convenience stores late in the day to cash the fake checks.

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