Miami Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Bank Fraud
January 3, 2014
Orlando, FL – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Camorette James (28, Miami) today pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
James was indicted on March 12, 2012.
According to court documents, James and others engaged in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud and to defraud the Navy Federal Credit Union ("NFCU"). They facilitated the conspiracy by opening fraudulent accounts by telephone, while claiming to be members of the United States Armed Forces, and by using the identification of others without authorization. Following these telephone calls, the conspirators requested account access cards, known as "CuCards," to be mailed to addresses in Central Florida.
As part of the scheme, James deposited worthless checks into the fraudulently opened NFCU accounts, in order to inflate the accounts’ balances. These checks were drawn on accounts in which there were no funds. Along with other conspirators, James then withdrew funds from the fraudulent accounts, before the bank realized that the deposited checks were worthless.
On November 2, 2012, Brittany Jones was sentenced 48 months’ imprisonment for her role in the scheme, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jones was also ordered to pay $180,034.72 in restitution.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher LaForgia.