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Convicted Felon Sentenced For Scheme To Defraud Banks

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

PHILADELPHIA – Leonard Herrington, 42, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced last night to 75 months in prison for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that also involved identity theft.  On September 4, 2015, a federal jury found Herrington guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, attempted bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.


Herrington was a mid-level participant who recruited and managed other co-conspirators in the extensive identity theft and fraud ring that spanned two states and defrauded seven financial institutions.  The extensive fraud ring victimized numerous people whose personal information was compromised and used without their knowledge and who were victimized financially and emotionally. Herrington and his eight co-defendants obtained or attempted to obtain at least $279,875.93, through fraudulent means, from Third Fed Bank, TD Bank, Santander Bank, PNC Bank, M&T Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Andrews Credit Union. 


In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone ordered, a special assessment of $300 and 4 years of supervised release. A hearing on restitution will be held at a later date.


This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Secret Service, the Burlington County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the Bordentown Township (NJ) Police Department, the Burlington City (NJ) Police Department, the Burlington County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department, the Camden County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit, the Camden County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Police Department, the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force, the Mount Holly (NJ) Police Department, the Pennsauken Township (NJ) Police Department, the Plumstead Township Police Department, the Willingboro Township (NJ) Police Department, the Winslow Township (NJ) Police Department, and the West Whteland Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melanie Babb Wilmoth.

Updated January 6, 2016

Financial Fraud