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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rochester Woman Sentenced On Bank Fraud Charge

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Maria A. English, 28, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that between November 2012 and September 2013, English and co-conspirator, Michael Debardlabon, using the names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of two different Florida residents, obtained financing to purchase used automobiles, including an Infinity, a Lexus, and a BMW. The funding was obtained through financial institutions such as ESL and Ally Financial. The Florida residents never authorized the financial transactions to occur.  In addition, on one occasion, the personal information of a third Florida resident was used to open an American Express card and charge air fare for English.

Michael Debardlabon was previously convicted and sentenced.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond Moss, Boston Division, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Updated March 2, 2018