Boston Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud Scheme
BOSTON – A Boston woman was sentenced yesterday for her role in a scheme to make fake identification documents of Citizens Bank customers and to use those fake documents to withdraw more than $67,000 from multiple accounts.
Kimberly B. Gomez, 55, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to one year and one day in prison, six months of which is to be served in prison and the remainder in community confinement, and three years of supervised release, and $67,100 in restitution. In March 2015, Gomez pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.
Beginning in 2010, Gomez and others participated in a scheme to obtain personal identification and account information of Citizens Bank customers and to use that information to fraudulently withdraw money from these customers’ accounts. Another participant in the scheme from Citizens Bank obtained the names of customers with high savings account balances, along with their home addresses, dates of birth, and account numbers. Another participant used Gomez’s picture and the information from Citizens Bank, to obtain fake IDs. Gomez used the fake IDs to make the fraudulent withdrawals from Citizens Bank.
Gomez was able to withdraw more than $67,000 from accounts belonging to three different Citizens’ customers. She tried, unsuccessfully, to withdraw another $13,000.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Lisa A. Quinn, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Boston, made the announcement today. The U.S. Attorney’s Office acknowledges Citizens Bank for cooperating with the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam J. Bookbinder, Chief of Ortiz’s Cybercrime Unit.