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November 17, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Knoxville Woman Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Check Fraud Scheme and International Money Laundering

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Carolyn Greer, a.k.a. Carolyn Keene, 50, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court, Knoxville, to serve 21 months in prison for mail fraud and international money laundering offenses. Additionally, the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips ordered Greer to pay restitution in the amount of $62, 562.60 to the victims in this case and serve a term of three years supervised release up on her release from prison.

According to court documents, Greer admitted that she perpetrated a scheme to defraud numerous individuals by placing the names of individuals on fictitious checks, sending those fictitious checks to the individuals by commercial interstate carrier, creating the false pretense that the fictitious checks were in fact valid, and then receiving, by Western Union and MoneyGram, the proceeds of the fictitious check after the recipient of the fictitious check cashed the fictitious check at a financial institution. Greer further admitted that she wired a portion of the money she received to Nigeria to promote her scheme to defraud.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney F. M. (Trey) Hamilton III represented the United States.

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