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Miami man arrested in multimillion-dollar bank fraud scheme targeting dozens of victims nationwide

Miami man arrested in multimillion-dollar bank fraud scheme targeting dozens of victims nationwide

 MIAMI – On Feb. 21, a man was arrested after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with multiple counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. 

According to allegations in the indictment and statements made in court, from April 2022 through March 2023, Latron Earl Williams, 24, of Miami, Florida, fraudulently obtained personable identifiable information (PII) of various bank account holders, as well as addresses, debit card numbers, and bank account numbers. Williams used the fraudulently obtained information to pose as the account holders, fraudulently accessed their bank accounts, and caused more than $2 million in wire transfers from the bank accounts of approximately 50 victims nationwide into bank accounts he controlled. Then, Williams arranged for accomplices to withdraw the fraudulently obtained funds to conceal his involvement in the fraud. 

If convicted, Williams faces up to 30 years in prison on each count of bank fraud, and a mandatory minimum penalty of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft consecutive to any bank fraud sentence. U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Jason Scalzo of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG), Electronic Crimes Unit, and Special Agent in Charge Rafael Barros of the United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office made the announcement.

FDIC-OIG, Electronic Crimes Unit and USSS, Miami Field Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Homer is prosecuting it.

An indictment contains mere allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

You may find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 24-cr-20009.

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