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Shelbyville-area forgeries land Florida man in prison

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Florida man pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding several Shelbyville businesses with forged checks.

Stephen D. Stump of Lakeland, Fla. will serve a 10-year sentence at 30 percent after pleading guilty to one count of forgery and three counts of forgery under $10,000.

According to assistant district attorney Richard Cawley, Stump and his wife Ginger stole a check from S&S Hauling in Florida and used the routing number to print out books of fake checks.

Hundreds of checks

Cawley said the pair had hundreds of unused blank, fraudulent checks, and the forged instruments were also passed in Murfreesboro, Marion County and other locations in middle Tennessee.

Three of the forged checks were in excess of $1,000, making it a class D felony for Stump, who had originally been charged with eight counts of forgery and six counts of forgery under $10,000.

Ginger Ilene Stump, 40, has already pleaded guilty and sentenced to 24 years at 60 percent. Cawley stated that she has a longer criminal history, which resulted in the lengthy term. She was charged with 24 counts of forgery and two counts of forgery under $10,000.