Man stole nearly $80,000 from Rifle bank |

Man stole nearly $80,000 from Rifle bank

A Florida man was convicted last week in Denver’s U.S. District Court of bilking a Rifle bank out of nearly $80,000. Jamison K. Ford, 38, of Marco Island, Fla., was convicted of bank fraud, transportation of stolen securities and money laundering. He faces up to 40 years in federal prison and up to $1.25 million in fines. “The prosecution of illegal schemes of this nature is critical to protecting the interests of the community,” Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation unit spokesman John Harrison said on Tuesday. Ford devised a scheme to defraud the Rifle branch of Wells Fargo Bank by depositing a forged check from Florida in the amount of $78,250. He later absconded with a substantial portion of the funds by wire transfer, according to the three-count indictment.The case was investigated by special agents of the IRS criminal investigation unit and the FBI in Glenwood Springs. Ford was arrested by FBI agents in Charleston, S.C., on April 14 after being indicted by a federal grand jury a month earlier. After a five-day trial and a subsequent eight-hour jury deliberation, Ford was found guilty of all three charges.According to the federal indictment, Ford somehow got his hands on a personal check from a Jacksonville, Fla., man about Dec. 15, 2000, and wrote it out to his company, Canyon Transportation in Aspen, for $78,250. Once the check cleared, Ford had the money wired to an AmSouth account on Marco Island, Fla.Another part of his sentencing will include paying restitution for the money he stole. “We weren’t able to catch up with any of the funds,” Harrison said. Ford is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger in Denver.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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