Woman deposited money stolen in fraud scheme into jail commissary account

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CONCORD - A New York City woman was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for aiding and abetting bank fraud, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced Thursday.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Diana Dyson, 59, was recruited by an individual in New York to drive to New Hampshire to execute a scheme to defraud TD Bank.

On or about Feb. 28, 2020, Dyson drove accomplice Ashley Washington to different TD Bank branches in New Hampshire. Washington would enter the locations and withdraw or attempt to withdraw money from other persons' bank accounts using their account numbers and false drivers' licenses with the account holder's personal information and Washington's photograph. After an unsuccessful transaction at a TD Bank in Pembroke, Dyson and Washington were arrested. When she was pulled over, Dyson texted another participant in the scheme stating that "they" pulled her over and advising them to "stop all the work."

Dyson and Washington withdrew over $11,800 and attempted to withdraw at least $1,600 from other persons' TD Bank accounts. After her arrest, Dyson tried to deposit more than $9,400 of these fraud proceeds into her jail account. Law enforcement officers seized these funds and seized the remaining stolen funds from Washington.

Dyson pleaded guilty on Jan. 13, 2021. Washington also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a time-served sentence on Jan. 15. The seized fraud proceeds have been forfeited and both individuals were ordered to pay full restitution.

"Traveling to New Hampshire to commit fraud is a very bad idea," said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley. "Withdrawing money from other people's bank accounts is a serious crime with significant consequence. We will not hesitate to bring federal charges against individuals who come to the Granite State to engage in criminal activity."

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