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Business scheme nets $4,350 payback

A scheme to create a fake nonprofit corporation using the forged signature of the Indiana Tech president netted a sentence of probation on a single charge of corrupt business influence.

But 24-year-old Gregory Dupree, of Anderson, will need to pay back $4,350 in restitution, according to court documents.

On Monday, Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Dupree to a four-year suspended prison sentence and two years on probation.

Dupree pleaded guilty in September to corrupt business influence. Additional charges of fraud on a financial institution, theft and forgery were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Prosecutors charged Dupree in June.

According to court documents, Dupree opened a checking account in January at a local bank in the name of Indiana Youth Project Inc. Using that account, he cashed an $800 check at a local check-cashing company. He used the same account and name to open accounts at Verizon, and sent Verizon a document with the forged signature of Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder, claiming the school and Indiana Youth Project had a cooperative agreement.

Dupree also signed a lease agreement for an office meant to be used for the organization. He defaulted on the lease, according to court documents.

Dupree has similar charges pending in Madison County, according to court records.