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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rochester Woman Sentenced For Her Role In Fraud Scheme

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Kassandra Whylly, 21, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of financial institution fraud, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant was also ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution to the ESL Federal Credit Union.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, stated that between April 2016 and November 2016, the defendant, along with co-defendant Thomas Porter, Jr., executed an ongoing scheme to defraud the ESL Federal Credit Union by making false deposits into ATM machines and fraudulently withdrawing cash based upon the false deposits. Over the course of several months, Whylly and Porter actively recruited ESL members to participate in more than 100 separate fraudulent transactions, through which the defendants stole a combined sum of more than $35,000. 

Porter has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen. 

Updated September 21, 2017