Guilty plea in check scheme


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A 36-year-old Texas man pleaded guilty in Baltimore federal court yesterday to helping his sister deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of checks she had stolen from her Howard County employer.

Jeffrey L. Divens, 36, of Dallas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen securities. Court documents say he got help from his sister, Donna R. Mackall, an accounts-receivable clerk at Allied Trailer Sales & Rentals in Savage.

Mackall posted false information in the ledger to cover up her failure to deposit checks into the company's bank account. She then forwarded the stolen checks to her brother in Texas, who deposited them in a business account under a name similar to that of Mackall's employer.

Divens transferred some of the proceeds to his personal checking account and sent some back to Mackall. The stolen checks were worth $381,585.

Mackall, 42, of Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty Oct. 18 to conspiracy to transport stolen securities and is to be sentenced Jan. 10. Divens is to be sentenced March 9. Each could get up to five years in prison.

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