TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has sentenced to five years in prison a Torrington man convicted of bank fraud and described by federal prosecutors as a “recidivist of the worst order.”

The Republican-American reports that Steven Finkler also was sentenced for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a previous federal conviction.

The 49-year-old Finkler was out of prison for a few weeks in July 2012 following a seven-year sentence when prosecutors say he deposited a bogus $10,0 check and withdrew $9,828 before the bank realized the check was counterfeit.

Authorities say he deposited forged checks and forged a check from the federal prison where he was being held.

Prosecutors say Finkler defrauded his mother with credit card charges totaling nearly $413,000.

The U.S. attorney said he should be jailed for as long as possible.
Information from: Republican-American,

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