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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Randolph Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and ID Theft

BOSTON – A Randolph woman pleaded guilty today in connection with a scheme to impersonate bank customers and fraudulently withdraw money from their bank accounts.

Carlyann Amos, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and one count of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Jan. 7, 2020.   

In 2017, Amos was working as a bank teller at a Santander Bank branch in Weymouth, when she was recruited to assist in conducting fraudulent transactions in victim bank accounts.   On two occasions in December 2017 and January 2018, she assisted other co-conspirators in conducting transactions in two Santander Bank customers’ accounts using fraudulent driver’s licenses. Amos and her co-conspirators fraudulently withdrew more than $815,000 from the customers’ accounts.

The charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years, to be served consecutively to any other imposed sentence, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leslie A. Wright and Mark J. Balthazard of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit are prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated October 3, 2019