Sheriff’s Office employee charged in $400k wire fraud scheme

    A Philadelphia Sheriff’s office employee has been charged with wire fraud and filing a false federal income tax return for a scam that took $400,000 from the city.

    Richard Bell and three others are charged in the scheme that involved Bell writing three years’ worth of bogus check on office bank account and forwarding them to others, the Inquirer reports.

    Bell could get up to 41 months in prison. The others, charged only with wire fraud, could spend up to 21 or 33 months in prison.

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