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Glendale Woman Sentenced to Prison in Bank Fraud/Stolen Identity Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     PHOENIX– Yesterday, Veronica Castro, 44, of Glendale, Ariz. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 20 months in prison and was ordered to pay $1,145,392 in restitution.  Castro had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud along with co-defendant Yomtov Scott Menaged.  Menaged was previously sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment for his role in the bank fraud and other associated schemes.  

     Castro was a long time employee of Menaged who owned and operated retail furniture stores in the Phoenix area.  Castro helped Menaged operate an elaborate identity theft scheme involving purported customers of the various retail furniture stores.  Menaged obtained personal identification information of recently deceased individuals and used their information to submit false credit card applications to banks.  Castro created false and fraudulent credit applications and receipts listing the same names and personal identification information to submit to the banks in an attempt to conceal the fraud after payments were issued on the fraudulent accounts.  In fact, no real furniture purchases ever took place.  The scheme resulted in a more than $1 million loss to the bank. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Monica B. Edelstein, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-17-000680-PHX-GMS           

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-047_Castro


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Updated April 24, 2018

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Press Release Number: 2018-047_Castro / CR-17-000680-PHX-GMS