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Georgia Man Sentenced For Stealing $144,000 In Social Security Checks

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Georgia man who had more than $144,000 in stolen Social Security checks in his possession when police stopped his vehicle in Louisiana last year has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also sentenced 50-year-old Terry Ulysses Morris last week to three years of supervised release following his 45-month prison term.

Morris, a resident of Lithonia, Ga., pleaded guilty in July to possessing stolen mail.

Prosecutors said police found more than 200 stolen checks in his possession after stopping his vehicle on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish in January 2012.

Morris allegedly told investigators he had driven to Houston in an unsuccessful effort to find people to buy or cash the checks.

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