☷Providence Resident Admits to Role in Bank Fraud Conspiracy
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Providence Resident Admits to Role in Bank Fraud Conspiracy PROVIDENCE – A Providence man appeared in federal court in Providence today and admitted to his role in a conspiracy to defraud banks of up to $550 , 000 , announced United States Attorney Zachary A . Cunha . Richard Koboi , aka Sunnyboy Taylor , 26 , admitted to the court that he and others obtained stolen checks and stolen banking information of businesses and individuals that they used to create counterfeit checks . Some of the banking information used to create fraudulent checks was provided surreptitiously by two bank employees . Koboi admitted that he and others recruited individuals through Facebook and by other means and paid them to allow the counterfeit checks to be deposited into their bank accounts . Once the counterfeit checks were deposited , Koboi and others made or attempted to make rapid withdrawals of cash from ATMs or teller withdrawals . The deposits and attempts to withdraw cash from the affected accounts resulted in an intended loss to banking institutions of between $250 , 000 and $550 , 000 . During the course of the investigation , law enforcement discovered a Facebook “for sale” posting accompanied by a photograph of a firearm posted by Koboi; communications between Koboi and another individual arranging for the purchase and delivery of the firearm displayed in the posting; and additional photographs of the firearm stored on Koboi’s cellphone . Appearing today before U . S . District Court Chief Judge John J . McConnell , Jr . , Koboi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud , ten counts of bank fraud , and being a felon in possession of a firearm . Koboi is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26 , 2022 . The defendant’s sentence will be determined by a federal district judge after consideration of the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors . The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U . S . Attorney Ly T . Chin . The matter was investigated by the U . S . Postal Inspection Service , with the assistance of the FBI , United States Secret Service , ATF , Rhode Island State Police , Providence Police Department , and Delaware State Police . ###
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