BR man sentenced in vehicle theft scheme

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 94 months in federal prison for using fake names to steal vehicles worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Charles K. Smith, 60, also was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Foote to three years’ supervised release and to repay $91,208 in restitution for his crimes, to which Smith pleaded guilty in February, said Stephanie Finley, the U.S. attorney for the western district of Louisiana.

Smith has admitted to using fraudulent checks written for a combined $241,761, and signed with various aliases — Anthony J. Barnes, Randal Bass and William Rayford Johnson — to purchase a Winnebago, SeaPro boat and a GMC Terrain.