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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

California Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Cassandra Montrevel, 26, of Sacramento, CA, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $326,00 by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handled the case, stated that the defendant conspired with others to execute a scheme to defraud Bank of America by flying to different branches across the country, posing as actual bank account holders, and attempting to make cash withdrawals. Montrevel flew into the Western District of New York in March 2011. On March 18, 2011, the defendant went to Bank of America
branches in Irondequoit, Gates and Batavia and attempted to withdraw money from the account of a Texas resident by presenting a fake Texas driver's license using the name of the actual account holder. Montrevel also presented the correct social security number of the true account holder. She admitted to having executed the scheme in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and New York as well.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tracy Gast, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, the Gates Police Department, under the direction of Chief David DiCaro, the Irondequoit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Richard Boyan, and the Batavia Police Department under the direction of Chief Shawn Heubusch.

Updated November 18, 2014