A Rockford man is sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for wire fraud and identity theft.
42-year-old Anthony Hardy must also pay back more than $200,000. Hardy pleaded guilty in February, admitting to defrauding retail chains by fraudulently acquiring tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise and returning them for cash. Hardy added he along with others used counterfeit checks and ID's to purchase merchandise from places like Wal-Mart and Farm and Fleet in various states. They would then return those items to other store locations for a cash refund.
Some of the names Hardy used were fake and real.
Three other people are charged in a separate indictment for their roles in the wire scheme with Hardy. 24-year-old William Dorn and 28-year-old Cameron Love, both of Rockford. And 44-year-old Anthony Taylor of Marietta, Georgia. They have all pled guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Hardy was also sentenced to five years supervised release once he is released from prison.