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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Bank Employee Sentenced To 24 Months For Defrauding Her Employer Of $1.7 Million

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that GANGADAI RAMPERSAUD AZIM, a/k/a “Julie Azim,” was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for her role in a more than decade-long conspiracy to commit bank fraud, defrauding her employer, a Manhattan-based bank, by intentionally falsifying the bank’s books and records in order to misappropriate approximately $1.7 million. AZIM was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla.

According to the allegations in the Complaint, court filings, and statements made during public court proceedings:

Between August 2008 and January 2021, AZIM, a long-time employee of a New York, New York-based bank (“Bank-1”), stole approximately $1.7 million from her employer.  Over the course of approximately 12 years, AZIM executed hundreds of wire transfers of Bank-1 funds to co-conspirators and related companies, who then sent portions of the ill-gotten funds to AZIM’s personal bank account. 

In furtherance of her scheme to defraud Bank-1, AZIM repeatedly made false entries in Bank-1’s systems, misappropriating funds paid to Bank-1 by its clients to satisfy outstanding loan obligations and then extending the maturity dates of those loan obligations, making it appear as though the loan obligations had not yet been paid.  When even the fraudulently extended maturity dates came due, AZIM originated new, fraudulent loans, to help conceal the scheme.  AZIM utilized the proceeds of those fraudulent loans to satisfy the loans for which she had previously stolen the client payments.  Over the course of approximately 12 years, between 2008 and 2020, AZIM caused approximately 200 improper wire transfers of Bank-1’s funds, each for an amount under $10,000, to be sent to third party accounts, including those of co-conspirators and related companies, which then returned portions of those funds to AZIM.  In doing so, AZIM abused her position at Bank-1 and enriched herself at the expense of her employer.   

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In addition to the prison sentence, AZIM, 59, of Richmond Hill, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,685,723.18 in restitution and to forfeit $1,523,431.30 in criminal proceeds.

Ms. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this case.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Reilly is in charge of the prosecution.

Contact: 
Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
22-078
Updated March 15, 2022