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Guilty plea heard in paycheck scam

A Crawfordsville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen Superior Court to corrupt business influence, admitting to being part of a scheme to steal money through a paycheck scam.

Philip Brant, 47, and six others were charged in April with taking $46,211 through fake payroll checks that purported to be from Eagle Contracting.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Brant will serve four years in prison and four years’ probation when he is sentenced.

He must also pay restitution to Grabill Bank.

Four additional charges of forgery and four additional charges of theft will be dismissed at sentencing if a judge accepts the plea deal. He must serve his sentence at the same time as a sentence from Elkhart County.

Also charged in Allen County were James Terry, 27; Jennifer Kelly, 46, of Indianapolis; Donald Blitz, 58, of Indianapolis; Kurt Hinkle, 51, of Indianapolis; John Koss Jr., 58, of Indianapolis; and Josh Allen, 28, also of Indianapolis.

The cases against Kelly and Blitz are pending. Terry, Hinkle and Koss have yet to be arrested.

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