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Federal Prisoner Admits Running Bank Fraud Scheme While In Hartford Halfway House, And Then Escaping

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DONALD GLENN, 42, formerly of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford to one count of bank fraud and one count of escape from the custody of the Attorney General.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2009, GLENN was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 78 months of imprisonment for running an extensive fraudulent check cashing scheme that involved more than 200 counterfeit business checks and 75 different bank branches in Connecticut.  Through this scheme, GLENN and his associates defrauded banks of more than $155,000.

On September 28, 2012, the Bureau of Prisons transferred GLENN to a halfway house in Hartford where he was to serve the final six months of his sentence.

In November 2012, while he was in federal custody in the Hartford halfway house, GLENN began to engage in another bank fraud scheme.  In December 2012, GLENN gave an individual a counterfeit check from a Connecticut business in the amount of $4,809.02, and gave a second individual a counterfeit check from the same business in the amount of $4,743.80.  At GLENN’s direction, the individuals deposited the checks into bank accounts and then withdrew a portion of the funds.

On March 27, 2013, GLENN left the halfway house without permission and did not return.

On April 2, 2013, GLENN deposited a counterfeit business check in the amount of $7,321.60 into a bank account he controlled in Connecticut and then withdrew a portion of the funds.

On August 2, 2013, GLENN was arrested in Florida on state charges.  He has been detained since his arrest.
GLENN is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on September 3, 2014, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 35 years.

GLENN’s criminal history also includes a 1997 federal conviction for bank fraud, for which he received a 41-month prison term, and at least 15 state convictions.

This matter was investigated by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service.  The Task Force includes the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut State Police, and the Greenwich, Hartford, Monroe, Stamford, Shelton, Stratford and Waterford Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anastasia E. King and David T. Huang.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015