A Hudson Valley man was sentenced for a nearly $1 million dollar fake check scheme.

On Wednesday in Ulster County Court, 20-year-old Deandre H. Green of Kingston was sentenced to two to six years in state prison after being convicted for criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Between October 2016 and January 2017, Green used social media to recruit people to participate in a scheme to cheat many businesses and banks in the area.

He started out by stealing checks from mailboxes and later solicited people on various social media sites to open bank accounts and provide him with their banking information, officials say.

He also enticed people to provide him a copy of their payroll check which he would use as a template to create fraudulent checks.

Green attempted to deposit checks totaling $24,847.49 from 10 different people and businesses.

It's estimated Green recruited over 65 people who were involved in the scheme and attempted to deposit checks that totaled almost $800,000, officials say.

During the over two year investigation the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office was assisted by the following agencies:

    • City of Kingston Police Department
    • City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
    • Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department
    • New York State Police
    • US Postal Inspection Service
    • Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center
    • Dutchess County Sheriff's Department
    • Albany City Police Department

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