The third person convicted in a federal scheme in which nearly $4 million in illegally obtained Treasury checks were transferred was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution.
Carlos L. Linares, 56, the owner of Latinos Supermarket on Florida Boulevard, was convicted in January in a federal probe named “Operation Checkmate.”
Linares was convicted of cashing more than 250 bogus Treasury checks with out-of-state addresses from March 2012 to May 2013. The federal jury convicted Linares of theft of government funds, failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and obstruction of a federal proceeding. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Linares and also ordered that he forfeit $32,070 he obtained through the scheme.
The other two people previously convicted in the scheme — Albelk Reyes Serrata, 26, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Anyelina Reyes, 36, of Baton Rouge — have already been sentenced.
Serrata was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution and forfeit another $220,000.
Reyes, who operated A&R Elite Team on Florida Boulevard and aided in the cashing of roughly 370 fraudulently obtained Treasury checks, was ordered to serve six months in prison and pay $2.2 million in restitution. She also must forfeit the proceeds of her scheme.