Money laundering, bank fraud scheme busted by Feds

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)   Three people in Fort Wayne are facing several federal charges, including bank fraud and money laundering for allegedly defrauding a bank out of tens of thousands of dollars.

According to court documents, Courtney Crusoe orchestrated the fraud while working at a Fort Wayne Wells Fargo Bank in the summer of 2013.

Crusoe is accused of adding Marcel Banks’ name as a joint owner on a bank customer’s account without the customer’s knowledge. That same day, Banks tried to withdraw $10,000 from this account.

Bank records indicate that two days later, on July 12, 2013, Crusoe accessed another customer’s accounts and made two separate withdrawls worth $32,000 and $55,000.

That same day, he issued a $87,000 Wells Fargo Bank Cashier’s Check to “Person X.”

Three days later, the check was endorsed and Deandre Banks deposited the money into his Chase Bank account.

A couple days later, Deandre Banks transferred $25,000 from his account to Marcel Banks’ Chase Bank account.

Deandre Banks is accused of continuing to withdraw money from and use that account until August 2013.

Police arrested Crusoe and Deandre Banks on Tuesday. There’s no word yet if Marcel Banks is in custody. The three face the following charges among them:

  • Bank fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Aiding and abetting
  • Forfeiture
  • Theft/embezzlement/misapplication by bank officer and employee

According to an FBI spokesperson, this incident was investigated by the IRS.

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