Published on 18 March 2016
Philadelphia man sentenced to over 6 years for bank, identity fraud
PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, attempted bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft was sentenced to 75 months in prison Monday. The conspiracy was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Leonard Herrington, 42, was found guilty by a federal jury Sept. 4, 2015, for his role as a mid-level participant in a larger fraud conspiracy. He recruited and managed other co-conspirators in the extensive identity theft and fraud ring that spanned two states and defrauded seven financial institutions.
The fraud ring victimized numerous people whose personal information was compromised and used without their knowledge and who were victimized financially and emotionally. Herrington and his eight co-defendants obtained or attempted to obtain at least $279,875.93, through fraudulent means, from Third Fed Bank, TD Bank, Santander Bank, PNC Bank, M&T Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Andrews Credit Union.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone ordered, a special assessment of $300 and four years of supervised release. A hearing on restitution will be held at a later date.
This case was investigated by HSI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Burlington County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the Bordentown Township (NJ) Police Department, the Burlington City (NJ) Police Department, the Burlington County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department, the Camden County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit, the Camden County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Police Department, the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force, the Mount Holly (NJ) Police Department, the Pennsauken Township (NJ) Police Department, the Plumstead Township Police Department, the Willingboro Township (NJ) Police Department, the Winslow Township (NJ) Police Department, and the West Whteland Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Babb Wilmoth.
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