Jul 09, 2011 Brian Bradley
A St. Louis man is scheduled to be sentenced in September following an elaborate counterfeit check endeavor through which he obtained approximately $400,000 in bogus funds, the Wall Street Swindler reports.Dante Sumlar, who has been on the run from the U.S. Secret Service since 2006, provided false identity verification to avoid arrest. Sumlar paid accomplices Christopher Antone Hill and Jennifer Lynn Mullinax in drugs and money to carry out his scheme. Acting on Sumlar's orders, Hill would drive white males around, targeting large department stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Macy's and Toys "R" Us for the purpose of cashing fraudulent checks. A total of $40,000 in checks were cashed, Hill said in a statement, quoted by the news source. Sumlar had Mullinax rent cars for Hill to drive and answer the toll-free phone number listed on the fake checks to purport that the number reached was an actual business. He was arrested in 2010, and admitted to printing the counterfeit checks and providing the false routing and account numbers. It was reported that he used guises such as Micah Riggins and George DeShane Marshall.