Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud And Identity Theft

CONCORD NH – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced on Friday that Deandray Buckley, 27, of Belleville, Michigan, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Court documents say 27-year-old Deandray Buckley, of Belleville, Mich., stole people’s personal identifying information. He got fake driver’s licenses, which he used to impersonate bank customers.

When entering a bank branch, Buckley or an accomplice wore slings on their arms or bandaged their fingers together in case bank tellers asked why the signature on the withdrawal slip didn’t match the account owners’ signature on file.

The documents say that between October 2017 and February 2018, Buckley or an accomplice entered over 17 bank branches in New Hampshire, Kansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Rhode Island and stole or attempted to steal over $90,000 from other people’s bank accounts. On February 27, 2018, Buckley was arrested by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department after attempting to withdraw $6,000 from another person’s bank account at a Citizen’s Bank branch in Salem. Branch employees recognized Buckley from previous internal fraud alerts, denied the transaction, and called the police. In addition to identifying information from the known fraud victims, Buckley and an accomplice’s cell phones contained bank account information or social security numbers of at least 52 other individuals.

Buckley pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. He will be sentenced on June 25, 2019.

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