A Freeport man is sentenced for wire fraud.
Anthony Taylor, 44 admitted he tried to rip off large retail chain stores, by returning items bought with fake checks. As part of the written plea agreement, Taylor says he and other individuals created and used counterfeit checks and fake identifications to buy things from one large chain store, then they'd return it to another location for cash. Taylor was sentenced to just over two years in federal prison plus he'll have to pay more $212,542 in restitution.
Three other people face charges in this scheme. Anthony Hardy, 42 of Rockford pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to more than five years in prison. Cameron Love, 28 of Rockford pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a little over a year in prison. William Dorn, 25 also of Rockford pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.