TD Bank employee pleads guilty in stolen identity tax fraud scheme

Now what was I saying about TD Bank having a lot of insider breaches?

Tenisha Nkesha Francis, 32, of Lake Worth, and Ryan Michael Francis, 27, of Riviera Beach, pled guilty in federal court in Florida today for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme. Sentencing is scheduled for September 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp.

Specifically, the defendants each pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1) and 2, and one count of theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 641 and 2. At sentencing, the defendants each face a mandatory term of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge, to run consecutively to any other sentence, and a maximum term of ten years in prison for the theft of government funds charge.

According to court documents, Tenisha Francis worked as a Financial Services Representative at TD Bank. Tenisha Francis opened seven fraudulent accounts at the bank with stolen identification information obtained from co-defendant Ryan Francis. She was paid between $200 and $500 to open each fraudulent account. After opening the accounts, Tenisha Francis performed maintenance on these accounts and changed certain identifiers associated with the accounts, such as customers’ dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers. Stolen U.S. Treasury checks were deposited into the accounts, and funds were withdrawn via check card purchases, ATM withdrawals and checks payable to third parties including Ryan Francis and his wife, Vanessa Brown, and Ryan Francis’ company, J.A. Kingz Automotive, LLC.

The amount of loss attributable to Tenisha Francis’ relevant conduct is between $120,000 and $200,000. The amount of loss attributable to Ryan Francis’ relevant conduct will be determined at his sentencing hearing.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida

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