Buffalo woman pleads guilty to bank fraud

Defendant opened multiple accounts in other names
Posted at 11:30 AM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 11:30:14-04

A Buffalo woman now admits she orchestrated a bank fraud scheme that padded her pockets by more than $50,000.

Federal prosecutors say Ashley Hollins, 29, opened bank accounts in her name and the names of others at local banks between 2010 and 2015. Hollins then wrote or attempted to negotiate more than 200 checks against these accounts totaling $55,860, even though she knew the accounts didn't have enough money to cover the amount of the checks.

According to investigators, Hollins also withdrew funds from some of the accounts before the banks realized that the checks would not clear.

She will be sentenced in January.