A 27-year-old Buffalo woman, one of four people convicted of defrauding Buffalo banks in recent years, has been sentenced to time served and two years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. She was also ordered to pay $7,612.73 in restitution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito , Jr., said Nichole Dean and her three cohorts would open bank accounts at various banks, deposit large checks in the accounts with the checks written on other bank accounts that had insufficient funds. Before the banks could determine the checks could not clear, small amounts of money were withdrawn from the new accounts. The scheme is sometimes referred to as “check kiting.”
Dean’s accomplices — Carlique Deberry, Sade Health and her sister Sayonara Health — have all been convicted of similar charges.