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Press Release

New York Woman Convicted of Mortgage Office Burglary and Fraud Scheme

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Anika N. Greene, 42, of Bronx, New York, was convicted today by a federal jury on charges of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.

Green was charged in a superseding indicted on July 15, 2014. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Greene and three other individuals, Jeffrey Washington, Alice Howard, and Catya J. Craig, burglarized Wells Fargo mortgage offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland in 2012 and 2013. The defendants stole over 1,800 mortgage files that were then used in a variety of bank customer impersonation and retail credit fraud schemes, targeting various banks and retailers. Washington recruited individuals to go into banks, impersonate customers and remove funds via setting up business accounts and transferring funds from the accounts of bank customers. Washington and other defendants, including Greene, traveled from New York to the Eastern District of Virginia on multiple occasions throughout 2012 and 2013.

Green faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison for the conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and bank fraud convictions; 20 years on the wire fraud conviction; 10 years on the access device fraud conviction; and 24 months consecutive to all other counts on each of the aggravated identity convictions. Green will be sentenced on December 3, 2015.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Washington pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for which he was sentenced to 176 months in prison. Craig pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Howard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to 65 months in prison.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kathy A. Michalko, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Washington Field Office; David G. Bowers, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Richard W. Myers, Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian J. Samuels and Kaitlin C. Gratton prosecuted the case.

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. 4:14-cr-32.

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Updated August 31, 2015