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Guilty plea filed in fake-check scheme

A member of a fake payroll check-cashing ring pleaded guilty Thursday.

Nathaniel Dickey, 57, was one of 12 people charged with corrupt business influence and other counts, accused of stealing payroll information from area businesses to create counterfeit checks and then cashing them at different locations last summer.

He pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence, and faces a two-year prison sentence as well as about $2,400 in restitution when he is sentenced next month. The other charges will be dropped at sentencing.

The cases against the other defendants are in different stages in the court system. Last week, a 50-year-old man was the most recent person charged in connection with the scheme.