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Raleigh Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Theft of Customer Account Information

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Raleigh woman pleaded guilty today for her role in a scheme to steal customer account information. Davia Delores Lockley, 26, faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in March of next year.

“Financial institutions and their customers count on the integrity of bank employees,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley.  “This defendant used her position of trust to steal customers’ personal financial information as part of a scheme to defraud people of their hard-earned money.”   

According to court documents and information presented in court, Lockley participated in a scheme to defraud banks and bank customers while employed as a teller at the Raleigh branch location of an area bank.  As part of the scheme, bank employees were recruited by conspirators to identify customer accounts that contained significant funds and lacked a customer photo on file.  They then accessed the customers’ information on the bank’s internal systems, including account numbers and personal identifiers, and sent that information to other conspirators using cell phones or by handwritten notes.

Runners were recruited to enter various banks and credit unions and withdraw funds from victim accounts.  To facilitate the fraudulent withdrawals, conspirators obtained counterfeit drivers licenses using the victims’ personal identifiers and the runners’ photographs.  The proceeds of the fraud were split amongst conspirators.  Between January 2021 and June 2021, Lockley compromised the accounts of at least six bank customers. Lockley pleaded guilty to one count of Access Device Fraud.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after Chief United States District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Raleigh Police Department are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Toby Lathan is prosecuting the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:22-cr-00232-M-1.

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Updated December 7, 2022

Topics
Financial Fraud