A Connecticut woman is facing up to 30 years in prison after admitting to her role in a counterfeit check bank fraud scheme.
Lilibeth Perez, 20, of New Britain, pleaded guilty this week in Hartford federal court to a conspiracy charge related to her role in the scam.
Perez admitted that between December 2017 and December 2018, she and others obtained access to bank accounts in the name of other individuals, deposited counterfeit checks into those accounts, and withdrew money from the accounts before the banks discovered the checks to be counterfeit.
U.S. Attorney John Durham said the investigation determined that Perez and her co-conspirators obtained access to the bank accounts by recruiting individuals through social media and persuading them to share their account information, including debit cards and associated PIN numbers.
Perez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She remains released on a $100,000 bond pending her sentencing on Jan. 3, 2020.
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