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Kalamazoo man sentenced for multi-state bank fraud

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Kalamazoo man sentenced for multi-state bank fraud.{ } (File - MGN)

A Kalamazoo man was sentenced to nine years in prison for leading a bank card scam against Bank of America.

Federal investigators said Tirrell Thomas and 17 others were able to get more than $780,000 through phony deposits in Chicago, which were later withdrawn at ATMs and casinos in Michigan.

The scams were said to have happened between November and December 2015.

In addition to his sentence, 17 other people from Kalamazoo to Chicago received forms of prison time or probation. The defendants were also ordered to pay the Bank of America between $8,027 to $455,709, depending on the amount they were held responsible.

This was the third felony conviction for Thomas.