FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - July 6, 2010
THREE DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY
IN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD BANKS
WILMINGTON - The United States Attorney announced that in federal court today three defendants pled guilty to charges relating to a scheme to defraud financial institutions. DAWNICE IQUAN WILKINS, 38, of Goldsboro, North Carolina; BARBARA ANN OATES, 37, of Dudley, North Carolina; and SIRRHYSA ADEL DANIELS, also of Goldsboro, North Carolina, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Information on April 26, 2010.
According to statements presented at the hearing, from January, 2007, through October, 2008, WILKINS fraudulently opened bank accounts at Suntrust, Washington Mutual, Bank of America, BB&T, Wachovia, E-Trade, and Capital One, using fictitious names and social security numbers, along with numerous different addresses. WILKINS would inflate the balance of some fraudulently created accounts by depositing money from other fraudulently created accounts. In reality the accounts WILKINS used to deposit money had no balance, so the deposits would eventually bounce, but in the meantime, WILKINS would withdraw money from the false balance. By using hundreds of different bank accounts, WILKINS was able to defraud the banks of $61,474.51.
WILKINS enlisted co-defendants OATES and DANIELS to assist her in this scheme. Their roles in the scheme included providing account mail that they received to WILKINS, writing fraudulent checks from the accounts, obtaining funds using ATM cards, and obtaining a portion of the proceeds from WILKINS.
Each defendant faces up to five years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon represented the government.
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