by Sam Clanton
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man from Crawford, Arkansas is sentenced in federal court for leading a bank fraud conspiracy that used stolen mail and fake IDs to cash nearly 160-thousand dollars in fraudulent checks in southwest Missouri.
Fifty-year-old Phillip Shockey received a sentence of 11 years and two months in federal prison without parole, and a money judgment requiring payment of more than 114-thousand dollars to 14 area banks and credit unions.
Shockey admitted he conspired with at least 12 other individuals to steal mail and pass counterfeit and forged checks over a period of seven months in 2013 and 2014.
A co-defendant, 42-year-old James Guerin of Tulsa, formerly of Sparta, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to being an accessory to aggravated identity theft.
According to prosecutors, Guerin operated Rogersville Septic Services, LLC, and paid Shockey’s bond when he was released from custody in Arkansas three years ago.
Four other co-defendants have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.