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Repeat Offender Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for $1 Million Counterfeit Check Scheme

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

BOSTON – A Quincy man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for a million-dollar bank fraud scheme in which he deposited hundreds of counterfeit checks.

Hui Zhang, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Myong J. Joun to two years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, with the first year to be served on home confinement. Zhang was also ordered to pay restitution and forfeiture of $1,035,350. In March 2024, Zhang pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.

From in or around June 2020 through at least May 2022, Zhang opened fraudulent bank accounts under false identities into which he electronically deposited approximately 114 counterfeit checks – totaling more than $1 million. The counterfeit checks were drawn on the account of a Boston-based retailer. Zhang subsequently withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from these accounts via ATMs.  

In 2017, Zhang was convicted of forgery of a check and other offenses and was sentenced to probation. In 2018, after being found in possession of various forged credit cards and fraudulent identity cards, Zhang was convicted of identity fraud and sentenced to two years in prison.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Abely, Chief of the Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated May 28, 2024

Financial Fraud