Greenville, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Katie Marie Reavely, age 26, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, entered a guilty plea in federal court in Greenville to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 1349. United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston accepted the guilty plea and will impose the sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on April 29, 2015, Reavely used counterfeit identification at a SunTrust Bank branch in Anderson to withdraw $9,000 in cash and $40,000 in checks made payable to co-conspirators from a bank account that did not belong to her. Shortly thereafter, co-conspirators entered other SunTrust Bank branches in upstate South Carolina to attempt to cash the checks.
On May 22, 2015, Reavely attempted to use counterfeit checks at a Cedartown, Georgia Suntrust Bank branch. On June 23, 2015, in East Ridge, Tennessee, Reavely again attempted to withdraw funds from a bank account that did not belong to her using counterfeit identification. Law enforcement apprehended Reavely, and she confessed to attempting to defraud banks on numerous occasions.
Ms. Drake stated that the maximum penalty Reavely could receive is 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 dollars. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service, Anderson Police Department, Greenville City Police Department, Conyers Police Department, Cedartown Police Department, and East Ridge Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Schoen of the Greenville office prosecuted the case.
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