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Feds: Fifth Third workers used stolen information, thrift-store disguises to steal from customers

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 11:27:55-04

A group of Fifth Third Bank employees used stolen personal information, fake documents and imposters in thrift-store disguises to steal thousands of dollars from the bank’s customers, according to a federal indictment filed Wednesday.

Eleven people are named in the indictment, which charges all of them with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Five — Diamond Brocks, Kinesha Cavitt, Kelliele Berry, Jalen Rowe and Sharnese Davis — are described as Fifth Third customer service representatives.

According to the indictment, the employees identified customer accounts with high balances and stole their account information.

Investigators wrote the workers then passed the stolen information to the other six conspirators: Keyonte "Dom" Bronson, Juan "Tim" Leonard, Duane Grigsby, Marcus "Sleepy" Knox, Patrick "Sin Wolf" Walker and Gregory "Cook LaFlare" Palmer.

The next step involved using the account information to make in-person withdrawals, which usually ranged from $3,000-$8,000.

For the withdrawals, according to the indictment, the group hired outsiders — often people experiencing homelessness — and paid them a small percentage of the stolen cash to pose as real Fifth Third customers.

These accomplices were called “runners,” and the group created fake IDs with the runners’ picture beside a real customer’s name to strengthen the scam.

“In some instances, members of the conspiracy would drive the runner to a thrift store in order to dress the runner appropriately for the picture and pose as customers during the bank branch visits,” according to the indictment.

If convicted, the group could be required to repay everything they stand accused of stealing.