KILLEEN (February 6, 2014) A Killeen man was sentenced to federal prison time Wednesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to defrauding a local bank.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Jason Jamel Alston to serve 15 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years on supervised release, and ordered him to pay $21,676 in restitution and $100 in special assessment to the court.
A federal indictment issued in the case says beginning in January 2013, Alston used an elaborate deposit scheme to defraud the USAA Federal Savings Bank of cash that he then withdrew using an ATM card.
The indictment says Alston deposited four checks totaling $2,818.67 into an account, knowing that the checks were worthless.
Soon after the deposits he used his ATM card to withdraw funds from the account before the bank could verify the validity of the deposits.
The indictment also says Alston used the same scheme on several different occasions totaling more than $21,000 in thefts from the bank.