Prosecutor: 'Phatty Boi,' 'Face' and 3 others indicted in $164K bank fraud scheme

Stephano-Henderson+Laneal-Henderson+Eugene-CliffordFive Cincinnati residents have been indicted in an alleged stolen check scheme. Prosecutors said one of the stolen checks was worth more than $164,000.

Stephano Henderson, 31; Laneal Henderson, 32; Eugene Clifford, 30; Markalo Harris, 25 and Ebony Lattimore, 30, have been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and identity theft in U.S. District Court.

In one instance, Stephano Henderson, also known as "Face," according to court documents, is accused of stealing a check worth $164,012.97 made out to a business.

The indictment said he registered a business with a similar name to the one on the check, opened a checking accounting for that business and deposited the check.

It is unclear if Stephano Henderson is related to Laneal Henderson, also known as "Phatty Boi," according to court documents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the defendants would steal checks from mailboxes and cash those checks while pretending to be the payee listed on the check.

The group would also recruit “cashers” who allowed the group to insert the casher’s name on the check in exchange for a portion of the proceeds, prosecutors said.

Court documents state the scheme went on from February 2017 until this month and involved incidents at PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington National Bank, US Bank and First Financial Bank.

Stephano Henderson, Laneal Henderson and Eugene Clifford are being held at the Butler County Jail awaiting trial. It could not be determined if Harris and Lattimore are in custody, and if so, where they are being held. A trial has not yet been scheduled.

Conspiracy to commit bank fraud is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.


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