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New York Man Indicted For Identity Theft And Bank Fraud

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

A federal indictment was filed today charging Gregory Frazier, aka Gregory Fernandez, age 53, of New York, New York, with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that the defendant executed and attempted to execute a scheme to defraud JP Morgan Chase Bank, and to obtain money owned by and under the custody of the bank by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, on October 23, 2013.  

Under this scheme, the defendant obtained counterfeit New York State drivers licenses containing his photograph, and the personal identifier information of three individuals who resided in New York State, according to the indictment.

On October 23, 2013, the defendant entered JP Morgan Chase Bank branches in Streetsboro, Twinsburg, Bedford Heights and Beachwood, Ohio, seeking to withdraw cash from accounts maintained by the three individuals whose personal identifying information had been stolen, according to the indictment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert W. Kern and Miranda Dugi following an investigation by the United States Secret Service, and the Beachwood and Streetsboro Police Departments.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015