Thursday, December 4, 2014

Banker Pleads Guilty to ID Thefts, Tax Fraud

A New York bank branch manager has plead guilty to identity theft and theft of public funds. He used customers' personal information (PII)to file fraudulent tax returns and then cashed the refund checks.

For three years, from 2010 through 2013, he stole $442,642.58 from the US Treasury, which as part of his plea he'll repay. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March of 2015.

"From approximately 2010 through 2013, Mejia participated in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and cash tax refund checks issued by the United States Treasury."
-US Attorney's Office, Southern District, New York
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Sources:
(a) NY: Former Branch Manager Of Bank Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Cashing Over $400,000 In Fraudulently Obtained Tax Refund Checks - www.DataBreaches.net, 12/02/2014

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