Saturday, April 27, 2002

Man sentenced for stealing checks

The Associated Press

        A former ramp supervisor at an Airborne Express terminal in Wilmington has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing blank travelers checks from interstate shipments.

        Latifu Affini, 40, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in January to stealing about $170,000 worth of blank travelers checks that passed through the Airborne Express terminal in Wilmington. He sent them to a friend, who cashed some of them in England and Germany, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

        During sentencing Thursday in Cincinnati, U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ordered Mr. Affini to pay $78,630 in restitution to American Express for the amount it lost when some of the stolen checks were cashed.


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