North Carolina lawyer pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina attorney has pleaded guilty to her role in a conspiracy in which she and others created credit profiles using illegally obtained Social Security numbers and used the accounts to buy a luxury car and have plastic surgery, a federal prosecutor says.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said in a press release that Tiffany Dawn Russell, 43, of Durham, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to commit mail, bank wire and financial institution fraud and to produce a false tax return.

At sentencing on April 18, Russell faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for fraud, as well as three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for filing a false tax return, according to the press release.

According to an indictment, Russell and the others applied for loans and credit cards with Social Security numbers that were not issued to them and conspired to use fraudulently obtained credit cards to pay for his plastic surgery. 2016.

Russell and two others were also charged with bank fraud for using false identities to purchase vehicles, lawn equipment and electronics. His accomplices pleaded guilty.

As part of his plea deal, Russell agreed to lose more than $2 million, according to the press release.


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