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Restitution ordered in paycheck scam

An Indianapolis man was ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution Wednesday when he was sentenced for his role in a check-cashing scheme.

Kurt B. Hinkle, 51 pleaded guilty in August to theft. In exchange for his plea, more serious charges of corrupt business influence and forgery were dismissed.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced him to 1 1/2 years in prison and a year on probation. He must also make restitution to Grabill Bank, according to court documents.

He was one of a number of people charged with conspiring to steal money through a paycheck scam.

Seven people were accused of cashing fake payroll checks that appeared to come from “Eagle Contracting,” court documents said.

This summer, three of the group – Jennifer E. Kelly, Phillip Brant, and Donald Blitz – were sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay $46,211 in restitution each.

Josh Allen pleaded guilty late last month to a charge of corrupt business influence in connection with the scheme. Cases are pending against James Terry and John Koss Jr. Koss has yet to be arrested.