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L.A. woman pleads guilty to national fraud scheme

Rochester Business Journal
May 2, 2014

A Los Angeles woman arrested in the Rochester area three years ago in connection with a national fraud scheme has pleaded guilty to identity theft and conspiracy charges, federal authorities said this week.

Doree McGee, 39, faces at least two years in federal prison and could be sentenced to as much as 32 years of federal time along with a $250,000 fine, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. A sentencing date has not been set.

McGee’s partner in the identity theft scheme, Cassandra Montrevel, is serving a 70-month term.

The women used fake identification in the names of various account holders to withdraw funds from Bank of America Corp. branches in several states. By the time their scheme unraveled in Irondequoit, they had taken $325,000 from the bank, said John Field, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Justice Department’s Rochester office. 

A 2011 criminal complaint filed against McGee by Secret Service Agent Robert Murphy, states Bank of America Irondequoit branch personnel called 911 after being alerted by the bank’s fraud squad.

Using fake ID, Montrevel withdrew $5,000 from a Churchville branch but had failed in an attempt to withdraw the same amount in Batavia. When she was detained, Montrevel told local police McGee had driven off in a rental car and left her at the bank, described the vehicle and described the identity theft scam, Murphy said.

Local authorities, including the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Irondequoit, Gates and Batavia police departments, cooperated in the women’s arrest, Hochul said. 
    
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