A Gainesville credit union was one of several financial institutions reportedly defrauded of more than $1.5 million in Payment Protection Program forgivable loans by a man using the identification of nursing home residents.
A federal grand jury in Gainesville Tuesday indicted Jeremie Saintvil, 46, of Delray Beach, for bank fraud, making false statements to a federally insured institution, aggravated identity theft and making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported in a news release.
Some of the money came from the Gainesville-based Florida Credit Union.
Saintvil is accused of using the identity of eight seniors, seven of whom lived in care facilities, on loan applications.
He is also accused of filing a fraudulent claim for a fictitious business in his own name, the release said.
In all, nine fraudulent applications were made to nine institutions. Applications included the number of employees and payroll for the nonexistent companies.
The indictment also alleges that Saintvil opened bank accounts and lines of credit at banks and credit card companies in the seniors’ names, getting checks and debit cards.
Saintvil reportedly used an electronic payment processor to transfer money from the fraudulent lines of credit into the fraudulent bank accounts.
Maximum penalties are 30 years in prison for the charges of bank fraud and making false statements to a banking institution and five years for the false statement charge.
Source: on 2021-03-23 17:11:15
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