July 15, 2014 7:31 PM

Howie Lavin sentenced to 6 1/2 years for check-kiting scheme that cost Myrtle Beach- area banks millions

Howie Lavin, one of the owners of the former Lavin Cars dealership in Myrtle Beach, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court here to 6 1/2 years in prison for orchestrating a check-kiting scheme that cost financial institutions nearly $8.6 million.

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