CAMDEN, NJ – A Burlington County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to steal the identities of bank customers and then use that information to steal more than $520,000, US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Jamere Hill-Birdsong, 33, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to charges charging her with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
From August 2016 to August 2017, Hill-Birdsong conspired with Lamar Melhado, of the Bronx, New York, and others to defraud a Mount Laurel, New Jersey bank. Hill-Birdsong worked inside a call center and recruited other call center employees to join the scheme by stealing the identities and account information of customers who called the bank’s call center. The conspiratorial bank employee would then take a photo or screenshot of the bank customer’s account information and signature and would send that information to Hill-Birdsong and Melhado. The conspirators then had false identification documents made in the name of bank customers, and used various runners to go to bank branches and make unauthorized cash withdrawals. The conspirators also used the stolen identity information to conduct unauthorized online money transfers from customer accounts.
The conspiracy to commit bank fraud charge to which Hill-Birdsong pleaded guilty carries a possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gross profit or loss from the offense, whichever is greater. In her plea agreement, Hill-Birdsong agreed to make restitution for the full amount of the damages, estimated at $523,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2023.
Melhado previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to four years in prison in March 2022.
US Attorney Sellers credited agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire in Philadelphia, with the investigation that led to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Diana Vondra Carrig of the US Attorney’s Office in Camden.