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Check scheme nets restitution

An Indianapolis woman accused in a payroll check scheme was ordered this month to pay more than $46,000 in restitution when she was sentenced in Allen Superior Court.

Jennifer E. Kelly was part of a ring of individuals who conspired to steal money through a paycheck scam. Seven people were accused of cashing fake payroll checks that appeared to come from “Eagle Contracting,” according to court documents.

Kelly pleaded guilty last month to a single charge of corrupt business influence.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Kelly to four years in prison but ordered the sentence suspended and to be served on probation.

She must repay the $46,211.58 to Grabill Bank, court documents said.

Another defendant, Phillip Brant, was sentenced to four years in prison, as well as any time from a similar case in Elkhart County.

Donald Blitz, from Indianapolis, was sentenced to two years in prison and, like Brant and Kelly, must pay $46,211 in restitution.

Cases are pending against Kurt Hinkle, James Terry, John Koss Jr. and Josh Allen, all of Indianapolis. Koss has yet to be arrested.