New Jersey Woman Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for $400,000 Fraud Scheme

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TRENTON, NJ – U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced that Lucy Beswick, a 31-year-old woman from Essex County, New Jersey, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for her role in a business email compromise (BEC) scheme that affected numerous victims throughout the nation. Beswick had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, who imposed the sentence yesterday.

From July 2017 to March 2018, Beswick and other conspirators stole over $400,000 from individual and corporate victims through a BEC scheme.

The scheme involved creating sham businesses, opening bank accounts under the names of these businesses, and using email addresses that mimicked legitimate ones to deceive victims into transferring funds into the bogus bank accounts. In addition to her prison sentence, Beswick was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $328,467 in restitution and $15,000 in forfeiture.

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