Posted Online: Feb. 07, 2013, 6:59 pm

Davenport man sentenced to 3 years prison for theft

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By Rachel Warmke rwarmke@qconline.com

A Davenport man, who cooked up a check-cashing scheme using other people's bank accounts, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of felony theft and was sentenced to three years in prison.

During a plea hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court, Judge Walter Braud ordered Shon Mathias Johnson, 44, to pay $6,690 in restitution andserve one year of supervised release after he's released from prison.

Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy said that during September, Mr. Johnson employed several other people to open bank accounts at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, 4206 5th Ave., then used the corresponding ATM card to fraudulently "withdraw money that wasn't there."

Mr. Johnson carried out these transactions for several weeks before police discovered the scheme and arrested him in late September, officials said.