Scam lands man in prison

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Dacula man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to a check scam that exploited more than 150 people.

Authorities say Trenell King purchased checking account numbers of more than 150 victims and then used that information to print fake checks.

King admitted to using magnetic ink to concoct the bogus checks. Prosecutors said he used the checks to make purchases from area merchants and then returned the items for cash.

King pleaded guilty to five counts of financial identity fraud and was sentenced in Gwinnett Superior Court to 10 years, followed by 20 years probation. He was also hit with a $1,000 fine.

King was initially arrested in August 2006 and charged with fraud.

"This one individual had the capability at his home computer to ruin the lives of over 150 different

families," Attorney General Thurbert Baker said. "He will have the next decade in prison to reflect on

his conduct."

King's accomplice and co-defendant, Ishmail Abdullah, of Lawrenceville, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year. He, too, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years probation.

"Identity theft is looked upon as a very serious crime in Georgia," said Joseph Doyle, head of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. "People who participate in these schemes will pay dearly for their transgressions."