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      Twins sentenced for stolen check scheme

      A pair of twin brothers who prosecutors say altered stolen checks using glue and a hammer have been sentenced in Missouri to seven years in prison.

      A pair of twin brothers who prosecutors say altered stolen checks using glue and a hammer have been sentenced in Missouri to seven years in prison.

      The U.S. Attorney's office says 36-year-old twins Maurice Suton Anton Sayles and Martinus Antuan Sayles won't be eligible for parole under the sentences they received Friday in federal court.

      The two men, both from Springfield, pleaded guilty last year to taking part in a conspiracy that authorities said involved at least five people.

      Authorities say the scheme involved altering stolen checks by cutting out digits from the routing and account numbers, then replacing them with other digits using glue and a hammer.

      The forged checks were passed at various stores in the Springfield area.