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A New York man has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $1.5 million for his part in a plan that skimmed money from trucking companies.

Dilshod Sidkov, aka "Dema", 26, of Brooklyn, New York, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

According to federal prosecutors, Sidkov and others traveled to truck stops in Ohio and elsewhere. They then posed as truck drivers and used stolen account numbers and codes to request checks from electronic fund processing (EFP) companies.

The EFPs then authorized the requests and authorized the truck stop customer service representatives, via wire, to print checks for the defendants. They then endorsed the checks and cashed them at the truck stops, according to the indictment. In total, the defendants fraudulently obtained a gross amount of more than $1.7 million, according to court documents.

Twenty-six others have also been found guilty as part of the investigation.

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