Ten People Charged in $1.5 Million Fraud Scheme
CAMDEN, N.J. – Ten people from South Jersey and Philadelphia have been charged with participating in a scheme to defraud individuals, companies, and financial institutions by misappropriating the victims’ bank account information and using that information to withdraw over $1.5 million in funds to which they were not entitled, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.
Kayla Massa, 22, of Gloucester City, New Jersey; Leire Massa, 19, of Laurel Springs, New Jersey; William Logan, 22, of Gloucester City; Jordan Herrin, 22, of Berlin, New Jersey; Erasmo Feliciano, 19, Laurel Springs; Kevin McDaniels, 18, of Sicklerville, New Jersey; Jabreel Martin, 20, of Philadelphia; Dezhon McCrae, 20, of Penns Grove, New Jersey; Andrew Johnson, 21, of Gloucester City; and Alex Haines 27, of Woodbury, New Jersey; are charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams in Camden federal court today and on Feb.13, 2020.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Postal inspectors connected stolen postal money orders to a series of fraudulent bank account activities at various area banks. They discovered a network of individuals in the Sicklerville, Clementon, and Gloucester City areas who posted advertisements on Instagram and Snapchat, offering people the ability to make “quick cash” if they banked at certain institutions. Some members of the conspiracy then acquired individuals’ banking information using a ruse, while others printed counterfeit checks that they deposited into the accounts. Members of the conspiracy also used victims’ debit cards to withdraw cash and make large purchases, including purchases of money orders. The group financed purchases of luxury items, including jewelry, watches, other luxury goods and apparel, vehicles, with the stolen funds. In most cases, the victims of this scheme suffered financial losses and credit problems as a result. The estimated loss at this time exceeds $1.5 million.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited postal inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Services, Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge John Walker; special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael in Newark; the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos; the Glassboro Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Polillo; New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; the Woodbury City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Ryan; the Gloucester Township Police Department - Special Investigations Unit, under the direction of Chief David J. Harkins; the Winslow Police Department, under the direction of Chief George M. Smith; and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office - Fugitive Investigations Unit, under the direction of Prosecutor Charles Fiore, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisa Shver of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.