Former Bank Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement And Identity Theft
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Luciana Alvarado (36, Wesley Chapel) to four years and nine months in federal prison for wire fraud, theft by a bank employee, and identity theft. Alvarado committed these crimes while she was employed as a claims associate for Bank of America (BOA). As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $180,000, the proceeds of the offenses.
Alvarado pled guilty on July 7, 2011.
According to her plea agreement, Alvarado was employed as an electronic claims associate at BOA from July 2007 through November 2008. In November 2007, Alvarado began making fraudulent credits, overdrafts, and address changes to accounts and transferred monies that ultimately benefitted her or her family members. Alvarado continued her fraudulent activities after she was terminated from BOA. In fact, she continued to fraudulently use some of the same accounts at BOA, as well as opening various fraudulent accounts at ING Bank, E-trade and other financial institutions. She used these accounts to fraudulently transfer and withdraw funds. To perpetrate her scheme, Alvarado used victims with names that were the same or similar to hers or a member of her family.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.