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Appleton man gets prison time for bank fraud

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APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - An Appleton man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison on a federal bank fraud conviction. 

28-year-old Travis Zielinski pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he withdrew $68,000 from 48 bank accounts. 

Prosecutors said Zielinski combed through newspaper obituaries to target the bank accounts of people who had recently died. Authorities said the victims were either dead, incapacitated, or were vulnerable in other ways. 

Zielinski must spend three years under federal supervision once he leaves prison. He also has to repay all of what he stole.  

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