SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men are headed to prison for their roles in a family led check-cashing scam that targeted banks in several states.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tonijah Criss of Elizabeth, who was convicted last month of racketeering and other charges, received an eight-year term Friday.

Tihee Brisbane, a 37-year-old Whippany resident convicted of computer theft for taking the personal information of 2,700 Verizon customers, got a three-year sentence.

Prosecutors say Criss’ father, 46-year-old Eric Criss of South Orange, led the ring that included two more sons and a stepdaughter. The ring recruited runners and provided them with forged checks, fake identification and cell phones.

Banks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Ohio lost more than $600,000 to the scheme.

The remaining ring members will be sentenced this week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

More From CBS New York

Bracket Challenge
Download Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE