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New York City Man Sentenced to 61 Months in Prison for Bank Fraud Scheme

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

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey on Wednesday sentenced a man from New York City to 61 months in prison and ordered him to repay $30,000 to victims of a bank fraud scheme.

The federal prison sentence for George Sciarrone, 54, will follow a prison sentence he is currently serving on an unrelated matter.

Sciarrone pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in February to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, six counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He admitted that sometime prior to September 28, 2022, organizers of a bank fraud scheme located outside of Missouri identified financial accounts of various Missouri residents. They then recruited Sciarrone and others to deposit counterfeit checks into those accounts and then withdraw the money. The organizers produced counterfeit drivers licenses and credit cards bearing the names of the account holders and pictures of those they had recruited.

Sciarrone admitted depositing checks in amounts from $3,800 to $4,000 into five banks by using the names of six different people between Sept. 28, 2022, and Oct. 7, 2022.

Valerie Kelly, 46, of New York City, pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, four counts of bank fraud and three counts of use of a counterfeit access device. She admitted using the identities of six people to deposit fraudulent checks ranging from $3,500 to $4,500 into five banks and attempting to cause losses of over $80,000 to more than 10 victims.

In March, Judge Autrey sentenced Kelly to 15 months in prison and ordered her to repay $69,100. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Bridgeton Police Department, the Creve Coeur Police Department, the Florissant Police Department, the Richmond Heights Police Department, the St. Charles City Police Department and the Wentzville Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Berry prosecuted the case.

Contact

Robert Patrick, Public Affairs Officer, robert.patrick@usdoj.gov.

Updated June 13, 2024

Topic
Financial Fraud