Georgia man sentenced to three years in prison for nationwide bank fraud and identity theft | USAO-EDPA
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States lawyer Jennifer Arbittier Williams has announced that Sean Christopher Williams, 40, of Sandy Springs, Ga., Has been sentenced to three years in prison, five years on probation and sentenced to pay $ 185,920 in restitution by the United States District Court judge. John R. Padova for a nationwide bank fraud and identity theft scheme.
In February 2020, the accused pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and attempted banking and one count of aggravated identity theft. Williams used stolen identities to open fraudulent accounts at several banks, but left the accounts unfunded. Williams then repeatedly transferred “funds” from one fraudulent account to another, knowing that the transfer account did not have funds to support the transfer. Williams quickly used the receiving account to pay various financial accounts in his name, including credit cards and student loans, before the receiving bank determined that no funds were coming in. This scheme resulted in losses of more than $ 185,000 for the banks and affected around 35 individual victims whose names and social security numbers were attached to the fraudulent accounts.
“This was a sophisticated fraud scheme with scores of victims across the country, and it took top-notch investigative work to unravel it,” Acting US Attorney Williams said. “Financial fraud and identity theft are often financially devastating for victims. The prosecution of these cases will continue to be a top priority for the United States Attorney’s Office. “
“Sean Williams not only defrauded several banks, he led dozens of innocent people into his scheme by stealing their identities,” said Michael J. Driscoll, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia division of the FBI. “The impacts of identity theft can be severe and far-reaching for victims. Whether you take money that doesn’t belong to you or that doesn’t belong to someone else’s personal information, the FBI will make sure you are held accountable. “
The case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being pursued by the Assistant United States Attorney, Michael J. Rinaldi.