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Larimer man headed to prison for bank fraud

| Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

A Larimer man who masterminded an identity theft ring that stole more than $280,000 from Citizens Bank accounts will spend one year and four months in prison, a federal judge ruled today.

Marco Dane Crowe, 23, pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of bank fraud. He persuaded a bank employee, Deja Scott, 22, of Munhall, to provide him with customers` account information so that he could have the addresses changed and new checks sent to the altered address, prosecutors say. He then forged checks to withdraw money from those accounts, prosecutors say.

U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch also sentenced Crowe to five years of probation. Scott pleaded guilty in April to participating in the thefts and was sentenced last week by Bloch to five years of probation.

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