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American woman in Nigerian prison for forged checks
LAGOS, Nigeria (5/21/10)--An American woman was sentenced Wednesday to a 24-year prison term with hard labor by a court in Lagos, Nigeria, for forgery and counterfeiting that involved foreign checks--including those of a credit union. Sharon Denis Thorpe, 27, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of forgery and counterfeiting 200 foreign bank checks. A Nigerian, Musediku Kehinde, was charged alongside her with 13 counts of forgery and counterfeiting (All Africa Global Media May 19). The two were accused of possessing 200 foreign bank checks, and fraudulently forging eight foreign banks cashier checks valued at $40,223. Included with the checks were those of Mountain America FCU, West Jordan Utah. Thorpe and Kehinde were arrested in February in Lagos while trying to export the checks.


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