CONCORD – Derrick McKenzie, 61, of Mount Vernon, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately May 10, 2018, and May 17, 2019, McKenzie entered a number of different bank branches in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania and made withdrawals from other people’s bank accounts. For each transaction, McKenzie used customers’ personal identification information, including their name and bank account numbers and, for some withdrawals, false drivers’ licenses that contained the bank customers’ personal identifying information and McKenzie’s photograph. In total, McKenzie withdrew approximately $111,000 and attempted to withdraw over $15,500 from other persons’ bank accounts.
McKenzie is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6, 2021.
“Fraud crimes deprive victims of their hard-earned money,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Those who engage in bank fraud drive up business costs and undermine public confidence in our financial system. In order to protect our community, we will not hesitate to bring federal charges against fraudsters who come to New Hampshire to commit crimes.”
“Defrauding financial institutions by using the stolen identities of victims creates significant financial losses and hardships for those involved,” said Inspector in Charge Joseph W. Cronin of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Boston Division. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will continue to conduct investigations of individuals who compromise the personal information of our customers and jeopardize the integrity the U.S. Mail.”
This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The following police departments also provided assistance: the Dover, Hampstead, and North Hampton Police Departments in New Hampshire; the Andover, Burlington, Lexington, and Methuen Police Departments in Massachusetts; the Kennebunk Police Department in Maine; the New York City Police Department; and the Nutley Police Department in New Jersey. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Hunter.