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20 accused in Fargo counterfeit check cashing scheme

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FARGO - Five people are accused of racketeering and another 15 defendants face forgery charges in connection with a scheme prosecutors say involved printing counterfeit checks and cashing them at Fargo Walmart stores in June.

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Ayla Shawntay Owens, who made her first court appearance Tuesday, and four others are charged with illegal control of an enterprise, a Class B felony racketeering charge punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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