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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud


BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Tarrek Williams, 27, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny, to bank fraud.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case stated that between September 21, 2011 and July 28, 2013, the defendant, was involved in a scheme to defraud First Niagara Bank.  As part of the scheme to defraud, the defendant deposited false and fraudulent checks so others involved in the scheme to defraud could withdraw proceeds from that check before the bank realized that there was insufficient funds to cover that check. The total loss to First Niagara for these checks is $14,185.06.

The plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Postal Inspection Service under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, the Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Updated November 19, 2014