Acting Jessica A. Lovering, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to a sentence of time served for Conspiracy to Pass and Utter Forged United States Treasury Checks and two counts of Passing and Uttering Forged United States Treasury Checks, according to the United States Attorney Steven Russell.
Lovering has been in prison for 3 months and 11 days. In the federal system, there is no such thing as parole. Lovering will be placed on Supervised Release for three years after her release. Lovering was also sentenced to pay restitution of $1,400.
Lovering presented a fake United States Treasury stimulus check in the amount of $1,400 to the EZ Money Check Cashing station at 5102 L St. in Omaha on March 26, 2021, and was able to cash the check.
The original payee’s name was obscured with white powdery material, and “Jessica Lovering” was written on the cheque as the payee. This United States Treasury Check was originally made payable to a US Bureau of Prisons detainee.
Lovering delivered a forged United States Treasury stimulus check for $1,400 to the EZ Money Check Cashing location at 5102 L St. in Omaha on April 26, 2021. The check was originally written out to a Nebraska Department of Corrections detainee.
The original payee’s identity was obscured once more with white powdery material, and “Jessica Lovering” was written on the cheque as the payee. Employees at EZ Money recognised the cheque as tampered with and refused to pay it.
On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to better coordinate the Department of Justice’s resources with those of other governmental organisations in the fight against and prevention of pandemic-related fraud.
Courtney Clark gave these cheques to Lovering. Search warrants were used to gather Clark and Lovering’s text messages and Facebook Messenger talks. Clark and Lovering discuss check fabrication and alteration in these exchanges.
Lovering cashing a check at the EZ Money near 50th and L Streets is discussed by Clark and Lovering. Clark and Lovering talked about Clark receiving checks from Lovering and sharing the money.
On May 18, 2022, Clark pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Pass and Utter Forged US Treasury Checks and two counts of Passing and Uttering Forged US Treasury Checks. Clark’s sentencing will take place on August 18, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.
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The Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force on May 17, 2021, to mobilise the Department of Justice’s resources in collaboration with other government agencies to improve efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud.
By augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts, the Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programmes to prevent fraud.