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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 6, 2017

Ft. Lauderdale Resident Convicted of Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

 

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), and W. Howard Harrison, Chief, Plantation Police Department, made the announcement. 

 

Teresa Thompson, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, was convicted at trial of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, four counts of bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). 

 

Sentencing is scheduled for December 12, 2017 before U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas.  She faces a statutory maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. 

 

The evidence at trial established that between October 24, 2016 and November 29, 2016, Thompson signed and deposited over $28,000 in stolen checks into her TD Bank account.  Thompson received the checks from a co-conspirator who stole them from mailboxes in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale.

 

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the ICE-HSI and the Plantation Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua S. Rothstein and David Turken.

 

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated October 6, 2017