Exeter man sentenced 4 years in check fraud scheme

Michael Dugan receives four-year prison term for counterfeit treasury checks and identity theft

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 28, 2024  • 
10:30 am
(JJ Gouin / AdobeStock)
(JJ Gouin / AdobeStock)

FRESNO — Michael Dugan, a resident of Exeter, has been sentenced to a real four-year prison term for cashing fake checks as a part of his identity theft operation. 

According to U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert, the scheme, which unfolded between June 2020 and January 2022, involved cashing fake U.S. Treasury checks across various locations in California’s Central Valley, amassing over $500,000 in fraudulent transactions.

Dugan, who was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 26, in collaboration with accomplices, targeted numerous establishments for cashing counterfeit checks, which were manipulated to display the names of uninvolved individuals. As part of the fraudulent activities, Dugan exploited the personal information of others, including names, birth dates, driver’s license details and signatures.

The sentence handed down serves as a stark warning about the severe consequences of engaging in financial crimes that harm tax administration and exploit community members, as emphasized by Rod Ammari, Special Agent in Charge. 

The U.S. Department of Justice stated that the successful resolution of this case highlights the diligent efforts and investigative prowess of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s special agents, reaffirming their commitment to safeguarding the nation’s financial integrity against identity theft and other forms of tax-related fraud. 

The investigation was spearheaded by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Z. Carbajal III leading the prosecution.

Mid Valley Times Staff