Former bank teller indicted for fraudulent tax refund scheme

MARYLAND – A former teller at a check-cashing business in Maryland has been charged with federal theft and fraud conspiracy charges in connection with tax fraud, according to a newly unsealed indictment published by the Department of Justice.

An indictment unsealed Thursday against Krystal Proctor, stated that between 2011 through 2013, she conspired with individuals to negotiate refund checks that were fraudulently obtained by co-conspirators who filed tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using stolen IDs.

Proctor allegedly used her teller status to enter false information into the check cashing database, including processing the fraudulent checks under existing customers’ names in the system instead of the names listed on the checks.

Additionally, she is accused of recruiting one other teller to assist her and instructed that individual to fraudulently cash tax refund checks. She and her co-conspirator reportedly cashed more than 100 tax refund checks totaling over $500,000, according to the release.

If found guilty, Proctor faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiring to defraud the federal government and a 10-year prison sentence for each count of theft of public money, as well as additional fees, restitution, and a lengthy period of supervised release.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Schenning commended special agents of the Treasury Department’s Office of the Inspector General and IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Packard and Trial Attorneys Kimberly Ang, William Guappone and Tom Koelbl of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

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