5 plead guilty to bank fraud in MB

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Five people from Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to bank fraud in federal court Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney William Nettles.

U.S. District Judge Terry L. Wooten accepted pleas from Leroy Mondello Anderson, 39, Contina Michelle Washington, 38, Natasha Monique Harrison, 34, Deal Lamont Franklin, 22, and Edward Alcazar, 22.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing revealed a co-defendant in the case recruited the five defendants and others who were willing to supply him with their personal and banking information. The bank accounts of the defendants, according to officials, would later be used to deposit funds.

The co-defendant, identified as Derrick Moore, used the bank accounts to temporarily hold funds wired from a number of victims without their knowledge or consent. The funds were withdrawn by the five suspects from Myrtle Beach and provide a majority of it to Moore.

Between June and September 2007, investigators allege Moore fraudulently transferred $825,739 to the accounts of the defendants.

The maximum penalty Anderson, Washington, Harrison, Franklin and Alcazar can each face is a $1 million fine and up to 30 years in prison.

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