Texas Man Sentenced For Stealing From Bank Accounts
MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court, a 46-year-old Houston, Texas, man was
sentenced for stealing funds from bank accounts at Anchor Bank in Minnesota. On April 11,
2012, United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Henry Joseph Williams to
14 months in prison on one count of wire fraud. Williams was indicted on July 19, 2011, and
pleaded guilty on October 20, 2011.
Williams admitted that from May through November of 2010, he diverted approximately
$29,000 from the bank by misleading it into paying off his personal debts through the use of
Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) transactions. An ACH transaction deducts funds from one
account and electronically sends those funds to another account in the form of a bank check. In
addition, Williams gained access to the personal information of a customer at Anchor Bank in
Apple Valley and used that information to lead the bank into making unauthorized transfers to
Williams’ line of credit at Macy’s, Inc., in Houston.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force,
which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. It was
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter.