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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Henry Joseph Williams, 50, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to bank fraud before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Williams opened accounts at two area banks. Between May 2015 and August 2015, the defendant used his ATM cards to incur approximately $8,100 in charges which he then fraudulently disputed by falsely claiming that his ATM cards had been stolen. At the time of the offense, Williams was on federal supervised release for a 2012 wire fraud conviction.

The plea is the result of an investigation by United States Postal Service Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Shelly Binkowski, and the United States Probation Department, under the direction of Anthony San Giacomo.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 8, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated August 10, 2016