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Woman sent to prison in bank fraud scheme

Posted March 11, 2010

— A Missouri woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for her role in a bank fraud scheme, authorities said.

Necole Johnson, 30, of St. Louis, also was ordered to pay $719,638 in restitution to BB&T, Wachovia, Bank of America and SunTrust Bank. She pleaded guilty last April to aiding and abetting bank fraud.

Authorities said two brothers from Newark, N.J., and a Raleigh man organized a bank fraud scheme in which they paid college students to allow others to deposit checks in their bank accounts.

More than $1.2 million in fraudulent checks were deposited into various accounts between April 2005 and July 2007, and members of the scheme would use debit cards to withdraw cash from the accounts before the checks were found to be worthless, authorities said.

The investigation found that a significant number of the counterfeit checks were drawn on the accounts of people who were patients at Dunn Physical Therapy in Cary. Johnson was billing manager at Dunn at the office and provided the counterfeit checks, authorities said.

The others involved in the scheme were previously sentenced to prison.


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  • Capt Mercury Mar 11, 2010

    She plead guilty in April and she's just now going to prison?

    What has happened to our justice system?

  • Just the facts mam Mar 11, 2010

    Great - she will soon be out so she can continue with her criminal ways...

  • ccs1920 Mar 11, 2010

    raggy831/I agree that two years isn't enough prison time. As for the money, we all know that it will never be repaid.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Mar 11, 2010

    This type of fraud happens more than one would like to think, especially to elderly. I had a situation with a family member. I had bank pictures, assistance from the bank fraud office, bank statements, copies of the worthles checks, copies of the checks FORGED by the perpetrator and ATM tacking of the deposits and withdrawals (stupidly all back to back making it EVEN more obvious). The extremely helpful (SARCASM intended) Durham Sheriff and Durham DA's office stated they could not press fraud charges since they did not have PROOF, yet I could file a civil suit -- since the person is already in prison on multiple other charges -- there would be a no show. Also, it's a series of FELONIES -- the amount stolen, the use of a bank card, worthless checks, forged deposits, opened mail not addressed to the perpetrator, forged Social Security (yep -- three of them), charges online using credit cards opened in elderly person's name (over $30,000), and continued even after I was named guardian

  • raggy831 Mar 11, 2010

    2 years does not seen like a very long time for that amount of money..BUT how will she pay it back if she is in jail?