Spokane man sentenced to prison for bank fraud

A 22-year-old Spokane man was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison and five years probation after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Brendon M. McCullough and his conspirators stole credit and debit cards, checks, and PINs from mailboxes and used that stolen financial information to withdraw funds from victims' bank accounts. McCullough and his conspirators also used stolen account info to transfer funds between victims' accounts before making withdrawals, and forged and altered checks to get the money for themselves.

About 20 bank customers were affected.

The court also ordered McCullough to pay $26,106 in restitution.

During the sentencing hearing, District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. said McCullough's conduct caused a "loss of privacy, money and security" and "affected a whole lot of folks."

McCullough has been in custody since January 17, 2017.

(story & image: KHQ.com)

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