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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 15, 2014

Former Wells Fargo Employee Sentenced To 24 Months For Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Customer Sales and Service Representative in Pennsylvania sold information related to over 20 customer accounts

RICHMOND, Va. – Jeannetta Matthews, 27, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  She was also ordered to pay $457,967 in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Douglas F. Mease, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne.

Matthews pleaded guilty on July 31, 2014. According to court documents, Matthews was a Customer Sales and Service Representative at a Wells Fargo bank branch in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.  In October 2012, she agreed to use her position at the bank to access and sell customer account and personal identifying information for a fee of approximately $7,000.  Between October and December 2012, Matthews accessed the accounts of and sold information related to over 20 Wells Fargo customers, to include account numbers, social security numbers, and dates of birth.  Using the information provided by Matthews, co-conspirators obtained false identification documents and credit cards in the names of the customers and impersonated the customers at Wells Fargo branches in Virginia, South Carolina, California, Georgia, and New Jersey.  As a result of the scheme, co-conspirators withdrew over $450,000 from customer accounts between November 2012 and February 2013. 

Two other co-conspirators, Anthony Romey Carter, of Elk Grove, California; and Jacquis Depree Nelson, of Atlanta, Georgia, were previously sentenced to 61 months and 51 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the scheme. 

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominick S. Gerace is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:14CR00094.

 

Updated August 11, 2016