Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of FORDIN FRANCOIS, 26, a former J.P. Morgan Chase (“Chase”) personal banker, for his role in the theft of more than $700,000 from multiple Chase account holders’ bank accounts over a six-month period. FRANCOIS is charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Computer Trespass, and Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree.
“Fraud by those in positions of trust in financial institutions erodes critical, public confidence,” said District Attorney Vance. “The defendant took advantage of his victims to steal a significant amount of money over a relatively short period of time. This case highlights the need for individuals and corporations to remain vigilant in their protection of personal identity and banking information, even among trusted employees.”
According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, between January and June 2012, the defendant unlawfully accessed the bank accounts of at least 17 account holders while employed as a personal banker at a Chase bank branch at 59 West 86th Street in Manhattan. Shortly after viewing their personal identification information, other unapprehended individuals withdrew money from those accounts by various means, including unauthorized withdrawals by individuals posing as account holders, transferring money into the bank accounts of collusive account holders via online banking transfers, and depositing counterfeit checks drawn on the victims’ accounts into those of collusive account holders.
At the time of his arrest on June 27, 2012, the defendant possessed a briefcase that contained the personal identification information of numerous Chase bank customers.
The investigation into this case is ongoing.
Assistant District Attorney Cory Jacobs is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenn Kern, Deputy Chief of the Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau; Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Adam S. Kaufmann, Chief of the Investigation Division. Investigator Eva Barriga with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Investigation Bureau assisted in the investigation under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Santiago Batista and Chief Investigator Walter Alexander. Cybercrime Analysts Bret Rubin and Nora DeSimone and Trial Preparation Assistant William Kreuttner also assisted with the case.
District Attorney Vance also thanked J.P.Morgan Chase for its cooperation and assistance with the investigation and prosecution.
FORDIN FRANCOIS, D.O.B. 5/12/1985
• Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
• Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, 10 counts
• Computer Trespass, a class E felony, 17 counts
• Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
1 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. \