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April 15, 2022

Former Citizens, Santander Bank employee admits to bank fraud scheme

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A former Connecticut resident now living in North Carolina admitted to conspiracy to commit bank fraud earlier this week and now faces a maximum possible prison sentence of 30 years.

Dayquan Fitzgerald-Williams, 26, pleaded guilty this week via video conference before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden.

According to court documents and information from the U.S. Attorney District of Connecticut, Fitzgerald-Williams was working at Citizens Bank and Santander Bank when he attempted the fraud.

Between 2018 and 2020 he searched bank records for older customers with at least $100,000 in their accounts. He then passed that customer information along to other people, who used it to issue about 70 fraudulent checks totaling about $1.6 million and attempted more than $2 million in automated clearing house transactions, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Not all of the fraudulent checks or automated clearing house transactions cleared customer accounts.

During this time, Fitzgerald-Williams also attempted to issue a fraudulent check in the amount of $34,700, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. 

He was released pending a sentencing hearing, which hasn’t been scheduled yet. Fitzgerald-Williams faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. 

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