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N.H. convict gets over three years in counterfeit check plot

CONCORD, N.H. — The first of three men who pleaded guilty to being involved in a nationwide identity theft and counterfeit check ring apologized for ‘‘criminal debauchery’’ before a judge in New Hampshire sentenced him Thursday to 3½ years in prison.

Quentin West of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for his role in cashing more than $370,000 in bogus payroll checks at Walmart stores nation­wide from late 2009 ­until August 2011, when he and two others were apprehended at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton. Author­ities found in their rental car stolen identities of hundreds of people and equipment used to make false ID cards and to print checks.

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