New York Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

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            CONCORD – Robert Willim, 63, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 14, 2020 and September 18, 2020, Willim entered Citizen Bank branches in New Hampshire and other states and presented counterfeit Passport cards belonging to account holders.  Willim then cashed fraudulent checks addressed to the account holders.  The checks usually had the account holders’ real Social Security numbers on them.  In total, Willim fraudulently obtained $27,102.05 and unsuccessfully attempted to cash additional fraudulent checks totaling another $16,784.20.

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            Willim is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2022.

            This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Hunter.