November 02, 2022
A man in Burlington County pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal bank fraud charges as part of a conspiracy to steal more than $520,000 from multiple bank customers in Mount Holly, U.S. prosecutors said.
Jamere Hill-Birdsong, 33, was first charged in March 2021 with one count of bank fraud conspiracy, five counts of bank fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft for his role in organizing and perpetuating a scheme to steal customer identities and use that information to steal money.
The conspirators would take photos and screenshots of the customer's account information and signatures and send them to Hill-Birdsong and Melhado. They would then make bogus bank documents with the customers' information and send various accomplices to make cash withdrawals at different bank branches.
The indictment details six bank fraud victims who were impacted by the conspiracy. Victims reported that Hill-Birdsong, Melhado and the other conspirators used their private information and altered the address on their accounts in order to steal money.
After providing employees at the Mount Laurel call center with their private information, victims reported unauthorized cash withdrawals of thousands of dollars from at least 15 different bank branches across New Jersey and Philadelphia.
The conspirators also used the account information to conduct unauthorized online transfers from the customers' accounts, according to Sellinger.
Melhado pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and was sentenced to four years in prison in March of this year. He was also sentenced to five additional years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $604,096 in restitution and forfeit an additional $151,024.
Hill-Birdsong's guilty plea carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. In his plea agreement, Hill-Birdsong agreed to make restitution for the full amount of the loss, which is approximately $523,000. He will be sentenced on March 7, 2023.