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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Tamika Renee Wilson, 30, of Fayetteville, to 28 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for her participation in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was also ordered to pay $95,000.00 in restitution.

Wilson was one of seven defendants charged in an eighteen count indictment alleging bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The evidence presented in court established that Wilson was one of two leaders of a widespread bank fraud scheme centered in Fayetteville. Defendants and other co-conspirators stole multiple checks from the United States mail, altered those checks, and deposited them via bank ATMs throughout Fayetteville and other places within North Carolina. In total, these individuals deposited or cashed almost $100,000.00 in stolen and altered checks.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Felice McConnell Corpening and Melissa Belle Kessler represented the United States in this case.