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Four charged in fake check scheme
MONROE - A man with a history of fraud convictions faces new charges that he and three co-conspirators defrauded area businesses out of nearly $10,000 using fake payroll checks created at his Monroe address. James J. Ellis Jr., 40, is charged in Green County Circuit Court with conspiracy to commit theft by false representation, plus 20 counts of forgery. Each of the 21 Class H felony charges carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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