Man creates fake checks totaling over $18M, sent to prison

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been found guilty of multiple bank fraud charges following a jury trial and was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment and forfeiture of various assets, including three vehicles.

Timothy M. Strain, 48, was arrested on federal charges in March 2010 by Special Agents with the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including the FBI's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Strain has been in federal custody since his arrest.

In October 2010, after being indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple bank fraud charges, Strain was found guilty by a federal trial jury.

Strain manufactured fraudulent checks and money orders totaling over $18,000,000 for the purpose of selling them to others and for his personal use, including obtaining numerous vehicle. He earned over $400,000 from his illegal venture, while defrauding the Internal Revenue Service of hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes and penalties.

Strain's claim that his belief in unorthodox theories about the law and history justified his illegal and fraudulent actions was flatly rejected during his sentencing, as it was at the trial.

U.S. Attorney Cazayoux stated, "The sentence appropriately reflects the sheer magnitude of the defendant's fraudulent conduct and his unwillingness to adhere to the criminal laws of our country. I commend the impressive work and dedication by the prosecutors and agents involved in bringing about this just result. The U.S. Attorney's Office and our partners will continue to pursue such fraudsters who threaten our nation's financial integrity during this different economic period."

J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, praised the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and TIGTA Special Agents for their excellent teamwork on the case. "TIGTA vigorously investigates threats to our Nation's tax system. This verdict and sentencing sends a strong message that these type of activities will not be tolerated," Inspector General George said.

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