Former TD Bank employee, accomplice pleads guilty to identity theft

A former TD Bank employee and her accomplice pleaded guilty to stealing identities to commit tax fraud.
Tenisha Nkesha Francis, a former financial services representative at TD Bank from Lake Worth, and Ryan Michael Francis, of Riviera Beach, both pled guilty to federal charges of aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds on Thursday.

According to the charges brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Tenisha Francis opened seven fraudulent accounts at TD Bank using stolen information obtained by Ryan Francis, who in turn paid her between $200 and $500 per account. These accounts were used to deposit improper tax refund checks and then withdraw that money through ATMs and checks payable to Ryan Francis, his wife and his business, according to the complaint.

Tenisha Francis caused $120,000 to $200,000 in losses, prosecutors said.

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The pair will be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp on Sept. 11. They could face up to 10 years in prison on the most serious charge.

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