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Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Using Identities Purchased from Darknet

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Scheme Sought Over $250,000 in Fraudulent Transactions

WASHINGTONDanielle Bartley, 26, a former Capital One Bank employee from Silver Spring, Md., pleaded guilty today to taking part in a conspiracy that compromised the account information of at least nine bank account holders and sought at least $253,000 in fraudulent withdrawals and transfers.

The announcement was made by Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Matthew R. Stohler, Special Agent in Charge, Washington Field Office, U.S. Secret Service, and Daniel A. Adame, U.S Postal Inspector in Charge for the Washington Division.

Bartley pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  The charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, she faces a likely range of between 27 and 33 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The plea agreement requires her to pay $50,000 in restitution to Capital One and a forfeiture money judgment of the $3,750 she individually received. The Honorable Thomas F. Hogan scheduled sentencing for Jan. 20, 2022.

As Bartley admitted in entering her guilty plea, at the time of the conspiracy in 2017, she was a branch associate in Washington, D.C.  Between June and August 2017, Bartley and her co-conspirators, including Krishna Jannor-John Marsh, posed as nine different actual bank account holders and sought at least $253,000 in fraudulent withdrawals and transfers.  They succeeded in obtaining one $50,000 wire transfer using personal identifiers of an account holder that Marsh purchased on the dark web.  Other attempts were stopped, including one by an alert teller.

In September 2018, as part of his broader conspiracy, Marsh, 25, of New York, N.Y., was sentenced to 46 months in prison, ordered to pay $338,100 in restitution, and had a forfeiture money judgment of $50,000 entered against him.  Despite agreeing to plead guilty in 2018, Bartley fled to Jamaica and was extradited back to the United States earlier this year.

In announcing the plea, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips, Special Agent in Charge Stohler, and Inspector in Charge Adame commended the work of those who investigated the case from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. including former Paralegal Specialists Joshua Fein and Kristy Penny. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvind Lal and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Saler, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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