Judge Sentences Man for Forging Checks in His Father’s Name

The Honorable Robert A. Molloy sentenced Lenroy Ravalier Jr. to serve 21 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $169,000, representing his ill-gotten gains from his commission of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced in a news release issued Friday.

According to public documents filed in the case, Ravalier Jr. forged checks in his father’s name totaling $303,000, and then moved much of the money through various accounts under his control. One of the accounts was opened strictly for the purpose of passing the stolen funds through the account. A bank was able to intervene and recapture over $132,000 of the amount Ravalier Jr. stole, but by then he had spent the remainder.

Ravalier Jr. did not have authorization from the victim to take the funds described in the cout documents, Shappert said, or to write checks in the victim’s name.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nathan Brooks and Jill Koster.