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Home Health Care Provider Gets Five Years In Prison For Embezzling Over $170,000 From Senior Citizen

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November 21, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. – A woman employed as a home health care provider in Las Vegas has been sentenced to five years in prison for assuming control over an elderly victim's bank accounts and stealing her money, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada

Tammi Camacho, age 40, of Las Vegas, was sentenced on Monday, November 20, 2006, by Chief U.S. District Judge Philip Pro to five years in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $111,754 in restitution. She pleaded guilty in September to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Bank Fraud. Judge Pro also denied Camacho's request that she be permitted to self-report to federal prison, and remanded her into the custody of the United States Marshals Service. She had been released on bond pending sentencing.

Camacho and three others, Louis Villescas, age 36, of Las Vegas, Lemar Allen, age 29, of Las Vegas, and Andrew Clough, age 27, of Sparks, Nevada, were indicted on November 8, 2005, and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and multiple counts of Bank Fraud.

From approximately September 15 to December 16, 2004, the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud by assuming control of the victim's bank accounts and misusing the accounts to fraudulently obtain monies, funds, goods, and services. During that period, Tammi Camacho was employed as a home health care provider at the victim's residence in Las Vegas. Camacho acquired the victim's personal identifiers and bank account information, and electronically accessed the victim's bank accounts and changed her address and telephone number to ones controlled by Camacho. Camacho and her co-conspirators then opened new bank accounts in the victim's name, transferred money into accounts controlled by Camacho, wrote checks to themselves, and otherwise used the monies and funds for their own benefit. Between October 16, 2004, and November 26, 2004, Camacho wrote 18 checks on the victim's checking accounts totaling $110,319, and fraudulently transferred $64,100 to accounts controlled by Camacho.

Co-defendants Villescas, Allen, and Clough also pleaded guilty to Conspiracy and Bank Fraud. Villescas is awaiting sentencing; Allen was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment, five years supervised release, and ordered to pay $17,213 in restitution; and Clough was sentenced to one day in custody, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2,600 in restitution.

This case is a result of an investigation by the Henderson Police Department and United States Secret Service, and the Southwestern Identity Theft and Fraud Task Force (SWIFT), comprised of representatives of those agencies as well as the United States Postal Inspection Service and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly M. Frayn.

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