Five Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud

March 13, 2011 Updated Mar 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM EDT

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Five Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud

March 13, 2011 Updated Mar 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Christina Land, 34, Lakeisha Crayton, 34, Kimora Williams, 20, Tacara Lawrence, 19 and Reginald Wideman, 35, all of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to felony bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling, stated that the defendants were part of a group of sixteen defendants charged with cashing bad checks at HSBC Bank, Key Bank and M&T Bank totaling approximately $100,000. To date, six of the defendants have been convicted.

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The pleas are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Tracy Gast, Special Agent in Charge.

Williams and Crayton are scheduled for sentencing on July 14 at 12:30, Land and Wideman are scheduled for sentencing on July 20 at 1:00 and 1:30 respectively, and Lawrence is scheduled for sentencing on July 22 at 12:30, in Buffalo, N.Y., all before Judge Arcara.