A U.S. district judge sentenced a bank fraud suspect caught in Lawrence to 51 months in federal prison without parole.
Terry Lee Wyatt, 36, of Riverside, Calif., was sentenced on two counts of bank fraud, 10 counts of passing counterfeit checks and one count on possession of counterfeited checks. The judge ordered him to pay $9,830 in restitution to Mercantile Bank in Lawrence and $14,495 to United Missouri Bank in Kansas City, Mo.
A jury in federal district court convicted Wyatt on Feb. 23. Lawrence police and U.S. Secret Service agents arrested Wyatt in Lawrence Aug.15, 1997, after cashing two checks at the Mercantile Banks at 2701 Iowa and 3500 W. Sixth. The checks were from a radiological business that did not exist.
The judge also sentenced Wyatt to 18 months, to be served concurrently with his other sentence, for a separate charge of bank fraud in Pennsylvania. He was ordered to pay $11,518 in restitution to the Fulton Bank of Harrisburg, Penn.