U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced the return of a superseding indictment charging Jeffrey Ihm with 14 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the superseding indictment, Ihm assumed the identities of and posed as executives of a number of companies, including Roper Industries, Kinetic Technologies, CSX Corporation and Convergence Consulting Group. He then generated false and fraudulent emails and other documents in the names of the companies’ executives in order to defraud Wells Fargo, CIT Group and Key Bank, causing those financial institutions to transfer to him $2,297,665 to which he was not entitled.
Each wire fraud count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. In addition, he faces a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment for each aggravated identity theft offense, to be served consecutively to any wire fraud conviction. The indictment also notifies Ihm that the government intends to forfeit $315,000 that has been seized from a Suncoast Credit Union checking account, in addition to a house in Naples that is alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses.
The U.S. is also seeking a money judgment in the amount of $2,297,665, representing the alleged proceeds of the fraud scheme.
To view the full U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, click here.
To view the full initial U.S. Attorney indictment, click here.
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