ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Peachess S. Wilson, 32, and Katoria M. Greene, 34, were sentenced Wednesday in Albany Federal Court for their involvement in a Treasury check fraud scheme.
United States Attorney Michael J. Moore said that Green was sentenced to 10 years, and Wilson to 42 months, and they must pay restitution of $732,427 to the United States Treasury.
Green pleaded guilty to three fraud-related offenses: theft of government property, aggravated identity theft, and fraud in connection with access devices. Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government property and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
Wilson had a business checking account in the name of an entity called "Spunkie's" at SunTrust bank, and Greene and others obtained numerous United States Treasury checks payable to third parties by fraud. Many of these Treasury checks were generated by the filing of fraudulent on-line tax returns in the names of the third parties without their knowledge.
Wilson deposited approximately $732,427 of fraudulently obtained Treasury checks into her SunTrust account. Ms. Wilson would then make cash withdrawals from her account and distribute the proceeds or write checks on her account to herself or to "straw" payees who would cash the checks and give her cash back, Moore said.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane represented the Government in the prosecution of these cases.