Co-defendant in fraud case gets 24 years in prison


SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The co-defendant in a fraud case has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for possession of a forgery lab.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says the case involved the cashing and attempted cashing of fraudulent checks at several local businesses, and the possession of a financial forgery lab. The sentence ensures 44-year-old Travis Craven will serve a minimum of 9.5 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Craven was sentenced in District Court to 24 years in prison on one count of Uttering and one count of Possession of a Financial Forgery Lab. Craven pleaded guilty in September 2017 and the DA's Office worked with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program in the prosecution.

The DA's Office says the case against Craven began in April 2017 when the Reno Police Department responded to a report of fraudulent checks being passed at several area businesses. Reports of other attempts to cash checks at area casinos were also received by the Sparks Police Department and RPD during the same time period. Craven and Steven Queen were identified as suspects and detectives began an investigation. Craven was caught after trying to cash a fictitious check at a bank. Detectives searched his vehicle and hotel room following the arrest and found numerous fraudulent checks and personal identification documents. Detectives also seized check printing paper

Queen has been sentenced to 13 years in Nevada prison.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says the 38-year-old Queen has a lengthy criminal history including eight prior convictions for Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property, Theft, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

His sentence ensures he will serve a minimum of five years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Queen pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of Burglary, Second or Subsequent Offense and two counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument. The DA's office obtained Habitual Criminal status based on his criminal record.


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