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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Bergen County Man Charged With Stealing Millions From Lenders And Corporations In Wire Fraud Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County man was arrested today for defrauding lenders and corporations of millions of dollars by impersonating two bank executives interested in funding syndicated loans for global companies, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Matthew O’Callaghan, 43, of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, is charged by indictment with five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel in Newark federal court.

According to the indictment:

From 2016 through 2019, O’Callaghan defrauded two financial services groups and four other companies of millions of dollars by deceiving them into believing that “Bank A” was agreeing to commit funds to revolving credit facilities. He represented himself as an executive at Bank A using the aliases “Edward Tierney” and “Michael Nash.” O’Callaghan induced the victims into making trades in which they agreed to pay Bank A to take on a commitment to fund revolving credit facilities.

O’Callaghan submitted numerous fraudulent documents to the victims that were designed to deceive them into believing that Nash and Tierney were legitimate representatives of Bank A, including email addresses resembling legitimate Bank A email addresses, false email signature blocks for Tierney and Nash that bore the Bank A logo and listed the business address for Bank A, fraudulent wiring instructions bearing Bank A’s logo and address, and a tax form bearing a tax identification number for Bank A.

O’Callaghan directed the victims to wire funds to a bank account at Bank A that O’Callaghan controlled and then converted the money for his own use, including the purchase of an automobile, gambling, travel, and payments to a private club.

The wire fraud counts each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The money laundering counts each carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge James Buthorn, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Fayer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defense counsel: Michael S. Weinstein Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

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Press Release Number: 
20-099
Updated March 12, 2020